A highly placed member of the Netanyahu team told media on Sunday that if Hamas were again to attack Israel they would pay a heavy price.
FNC: “Mark Regev, a senior adviser to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, warned Hamas Sunday to ‘think twice’ before potentially restarting violence after the two sides came to a cease-fire this week that ended 11 days of violence. Israel, late last week, announced that it had come to a cease-fire agreement with Hamas that put an end to 11 days of fighting in which Hamas fired thousands of rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilian targets, to which Israel responded with bruising airstrikes.
“The violence also presented the first major test of the relationship between President Biden’s new administration and Netanyahu, and created a tense political issue in the United States. The White House said this week that it was working feverishly behind the scenes to broker peace as the president simultaneously reaffirmed the United States’ alliance with Israel and applied pressure on the longstanding ally to make progress to a cease-fire.” Pressure that had no effect other than to have Bibi Netanyahu tell Biden to naff off.
For us victory is to keep our people safe. If we come out of this operation with and extended period of peace and quiet, that's good for Israel's civilians and that's good for Palestinians in Gaza too. pic.twitter.com/zHjDZ0CUCn
— Mark Regev (@MarkRegev) May 21, 2021
“Ultimately, in the operation we gave Hamas a heavy blow,” Regev, who is the Israeli Prime Minister’s primary spox to media, said. “We dismantled a large part of their terrorist-military machine. We took out part of their leadership. We hit their command and control. Hopefully they will think twice even three times before they strike at Israel again.”
Regev hoped for a return to “over a half a decade of relative peace and quiet…That is possible and I hope we can do that again,” he said. When asked whether the justified Israeli defense was “proportionate,” Regev legitimately stated that Hamas was using civilians as “human shields.”
“They were firing thousands of rockets on our civilian population. They were trying to murder our people in their homes. We were defending ourselves. They were firing out of schools. They were firing out of built-up areas. They were firing out of homes, out of mosques, even out of playgrounds. We tried… to hit the terrorists and not to see innocent people caught up in the crossfire. And while our goal was to avoid civilian casualties, Hamas had actually the exact opposite goal… They were brutally abusing Gaza civilians as a human shield for their war machine. We know for a fact that many of the casualties in this operation were caused by Hamas munitions. Almost 20% of their rockets fell short, landing in Gaza, killing Gaza civilians.”
“The overwhelming majority of the American people stand with Israel, support Israel, are favorable towards Israel,” said Regev. “Of course they want to see peace. Israel wants to see peace too. We’d love to have peace with our Palestinian neighbors. People need to understand — Hamas is not just Israel’s enemy. Hamas is the enemy of everyone who wants to see peace and reconciliation in our part of the world. They are a brutal jihadist terrorist group. No one should make excuses for them.” Tell that to the Democrats.