Ya'alon: Herzog and Livni Would Turn West Bank Into 'Hamastan'

Defense Minister says Israel's bombing of Gaza on the weekend was aimed at a factory building supports for tunnels.

Emil Salmon

Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon on Sunday blasted opposition leader Isaac Herzog and former Justice Minister Tzipi Livni, saying the West Bank would have turned into a "Hamastan" if the two had been running Israel over the last few years.

During a ceremony at the Shamoon College of Engineering in Ashdod, Ya'alon said it was "clear that Hamas was responsible for the latest [rocket] attack [from Gaza on Friday]. That's why Israel reacted as it did and attacked a factory building supports for tunnels."

The defense minister blamed the current election campaign for delaying the transfer of IDF bases to the south of the country. "The delay is due to internal politics, which are preventing the implementation of government decisions on the issue," Ya'alon said. "It will be delayed for a few more months due to the elections."