"If Hamas fires a rocket with a range of 12.5 miles from Judea and Samaria, it will hit Dizengoff Center (one of Tel Aviv's most popular commercial shopping hubs)," warned Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday afternoon after Gaza terror groups fired a long-range rocket towards southern Israel earlier in the day.
The rocket, a 12.5 mile range Grad, hit one of Ashkelon's northern neighborhoods.
Speaking at a Likud Secretariat meeting Netanyahu warned that Prime Minister Ehud Olmert and Defense Minister Ehud Barak "say that the country should withdraw to its 1967 borders. And it is clear that if we leave Judea and Samaria, it is Hamas that we will find on the other side of those '67 borders and they are already in possession of those Katyusha rockets."
IDF troops in Gaza on Wednesday (Photo: AFP)
Netanyahu said that should Hamas fire a rocket with a 12.5 mile range from the West Bank, it could reach Tel Aviv. "All of Israel will be bombarded," he warned.
Netanyahu accused Olmert and Barak of employing a "blind and amateurish" policy that "has already brought the residents of the Galilee and Haifa under Katyusha fire and has brought Ashkelon – and next Ashdod – and eventually Tel Aviv – into the range of fire."