Netanyahu to Hamas: ‘If you escalate, the response will be destructive’

The Jerusalem Post reports: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Hamas not to escalate violence in Gaza, warning on Wednesday of a strong response if it does so.

‘There may be someone in Gaza who thought they could raise their head,’ Netanyahu said during a visit to the Shizafon base in the south to observe a military maneuver. ‘I suggest that they understand that the response will be destructive and very painful, and we are ready for any scenario and escalation.’

His comments came after sniper fire from Gaza lightly wounded an IDF officer along the Gaza border on Tuesday. The officer was struck by a bullet that hit his helmet. The IDF responded with tank fire on a Hamas observation post that killed one.

Speaking to cadets of the IDF’s officer course currently training at Shizafon, Netanyahu also addressed Iran, reiterating that it is Israel’s ‘principal enemy.’…”

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