Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman took part in the annual Holocaust Remembrance Day commemoration in southern Israel on Thursday evening where he issued a threat to Hamas in Gaza from the neighboring Kibbutz Yad Mordechai, which hosted the memorial.
"My message to our neighbors in the south [Gaza] is that you will never succeed in breaking us. The spirit, the hope and the faith that accompanied us during the Holocaust and the War of Independence is stronger than our enemies. You have no chance." Lieberman warned.
"Unfortunately, this war on our very right to exist as a Jewish and free state continues to this day, even though Israel extended peace to all its neighbors," Lieberman added, referring to signed peace agreements with Egypt and Jordan, and Israel's disengagement from Gaza, "up to the last millimeter according to the 1967 lines."
"You should begin to think not how to destroy the State of Israel, but how to exist alongside Israel. This is much better for the residents of Gaza, of Israel and the entire region," Lieberman concluded.
Finance Minister Moshe Kahlon also spoke at the same event where he addressed the "genocide taking place with chemical weapons" in Syria.
Kahlon said that Israel and the Jewish people "will play a central role in the highest and most moral campaign" to ensure that such crimes against humanity never happen again.
'Don't test Israel'
Russian President Vladimir Putin and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke on Wednesday, when the Russian leader urged Israel not to take action in Syria and to threaten its security. Israeli officials confirmed the call took place and said that Netanyahu told Putin that Israel will not permit Iran to set up a military presence in Syria.
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Also Wednesday, following the call, Netanyahu threatened Iran in a Holocaust Remembrance Day eve ceremony. "I have a message for the leaders of Iran: Don't test Israel's resolve," he declared.
"To the Iranian people, he said: "The regime is oppressing you and when this regime disappears off the face of the earth then our two peoples can live together once more in coexistence," he said.
Netanyahu also took the opportunity to condemn the Syrian regime and the recent chemical attack in Syria, saying that "murderous evil that is not stood up against spreads rapidly."
Israel is on high alert for any Iranian retaliation after Tehran's direct threat Tuesday, as well as any possible U.S. strike against Syria's Assad regime in retaliation to the chemical attack at Douma.