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Bennett: Moment of truth for Israeli deterrence

Bayit Yehudi chairman says Israel must recall delegation from Cairo until Gaza rocket fire ends.

Moran Azulay
Published: 08.08.14, 09:42 / Israel News

"This is the moment of truth for Israeli deterrence," said Bayit Yehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett on Friday after Gaza terrorists resumed rocket fire on southern Israel following a 72-hour ceasefire.

 

 

The economy minister said Israel must terminate the diplomatic talks in Cairo, which had no led to an extension of the lull in hostilities. "Israel must recall its delegation from Egypt immediately; we cannot allow talks to continue while (Hamas) uses rocket fire on Israeli civilians as a pressure tactic."

 

According to Bennett, the situation Friday morning constituted "a moment of truth for Israeli deterrence in the coming years, and response must be harsh. I remind the Israeli public – Protective Edge is not over and Hamas has not been defeated. Israeli civilians need to remain steadfast and prepared for what's ahead."

 

Minister Uri Ariel also responded to the renewed rocket fire. "The State of Israel cannot allow a terror organization to determine the rules of the game according to what it finds comfortable. This reality must change immediately, which will be made possible by clearly defining the objective to the security forces – toppling Hamas once and for all."

 

Attila Somfalvi contributed to this report.

 

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