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.

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

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. Israel attacked four Hamas targets by air Friday night, in response to four rockets fired from Gaza that struck 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 Avichai Mendelblit's authorization to deport terrorists' families 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 IDF closed the Islamic Jihad's Ramallah broadcast station over the past weekend. "This is not a question of freedom of the press, but a matter of ceasing incitement," Netanyahu said.