Israeli politicians across spectrum call for tougher response to Hamas rockets

Qassam rocket launchers in Gaza. Credit: IDF.

( Israeli politicians across the political spectrum are calling for a tougher response to Hamas rocket fire following the terrorist group’s violation of a temporary cease-fire on Tuesday.

“When you negotiate with a terrorist organization, you get more terrorism in return,” said Economy and Trade Minister Naftali Bennett (Habayit Hayehudi). “Sooner or later, Israel will have to defeat Hamas.”

Opposition Leader Isaac Herzog (Labor) also criticized the Israeli government’s attempts to reach a longterm cease-fire deal through negotiations.

“It is the prime minister’s job to provide security and calm to residents of the south,” he said, according to Israel Hayom. “If, as the prime minister claims, Hamas has been defeated, then he should reach a diplomatic deal under the best terms possible for Israel. But, if the government buckles to provide a false sense of quiet, as we experienced [Tuesday], this indicates a failure on the part of a weak government.”

Stopping negotiations “is the only language [Hamas] understands,” said Labor MK Nachman Shai.

Posted on August 20, 2014 .