Netanyahu: It Is Hamas' Obligation to Prevent Gaza Rocket Fire

Prime minister tells weekly cabinet meeting that Israel's policy concerning Gaza remains clear, while noting Israel's continued efforts against incitement.

Barak Ravid
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the weekly cabinet meeting, February 7, 2016.
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in the weekly cabinet meeting, February 7, 2016.Credit: Emil Salman
Barak Ravid

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu opened Sunday's cabinet meeting by saying it is Hamas' duty to prevent rocket fire from Gaza.

"Our policy is clear concerning the Gaza Strip - Israel will not accept any rocket fired from Gaza into Israel," Netanyahu said, adding that the Israel Defense Forces will respond to any such instance. by air Friday night, in response to  open areas in southern Israel.

"Israel holds Hamas responsible for all rocket fire from Gaza into Israel, and it is Hamas' obligation to prevent rockets from being fired," Netanyahu continued. He added that he is awaiting Attorney General from the West Bank to Gaza. Netanyahu also said that the government is studying moving the residences of terrorists' families within the West Bank.

The prime minister also noted that Israel continues to work against media channels that encourage incitement against Israelis and Jews, highlighting that the over the past weekend. "This is not a question of freedom of the press, but a matter of ceasing incitement," Netanyahu said.

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