Hamas threat against Ben Gurion Airport proves hollow as fighting resumes

An aerial view of Ben Gurion Airport. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) With the resumption of fighting in Gaza, Hamas on Wednesday returned to issuing threats—this time, against foreign airlines flying in and out of Ben Gurion International Airport.

“We are warning international airlines and press them to stop flying into Ben Gurion Airport from 6 a.m. (Israel time) Thursday,” Hamas military wing spokesman Abu Obeida said in a televised speech on Wednesday.

Despite the threat, no major disruptions to any flight schedules were reported. The 6 a.m. deadline came and went without any rocket fire or other unusual incidents at the airport.

On failed cease-fire talks in Cairo, Obeida said the Palestinian delegation should come home.

“Leave Cairo and do not return. … Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu missed a golden opportunity for a diplomatic agreement, and now the Zionists will pay for their treachery,” he said.

Netanyahu said Hamas is “mistaken” if it thinks it “can wear us down.”

“The Israeli people are strong,” the prime minister said at a press conference in Tel Aviv. “Instead of attrition, Hamas will be crushed—its infrastructure, terrorists, and commanders.”

Posted on August 21, 2014 .