Knesset defense panel chief: Israel giving Hamas chance to deescalate before fighting

Alexandra Lukash, Attila Somfalvi, Moran Azulay |
Published: 08.04.22, 12:20
Israel is giving Gaza rulers Hamas an opportunity to deescalate cross-border tensions, Ram Ben-Barak, the chair of Knesset’s powerful Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, said on Thursday as the Palestinian enclave's second-largest faction Islamic Jihad threatens action against Israel
"We are giving Hamas the opportunity to get the situation under control before we start fighting," he said. "If they don't do it in the near future, we will."
Tensions have been running high since Israel arrested the terrorist group's commander in the West Bank Basam al-Saadi.