Liberman: Israel Gives Hamas ‘Tacit Approval’ to Attack

In the wake of renewed rocket fire from Gaza, Yisrael Beytenu chairman Avigdor Liberman attacked Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu for his latest government's lack of deterrence. 

"It hasn't even been a year since Operation Protective Edge, and there is a complete loss of deterrence," Liberman stressed Monday during his party's faction meeting. 

"The Prime Minister and the Defense Minister are talking about Israeli deterrence – it doesn't exist. Silence is not the result of a deterrent. We are buying silence at a very expensive price – the price of a terrorist infrastructure being reconstructed."

"The State of Israel has given tacit approval to Hamas to work seven days a week, 24 hours a day to build tunnels and produce lethal missiles," Liberman charged.

It was, however, a Salafist group from within Gaza, and not Hamas, that claimed responsibility for the latest round of missiles fired into southern Israel late last Wednesday night. 

Still, according to Liberman, another war with Hamas is imminent. 

"The next confrontation will occur next summer. Hamas will have more tools, more tunnels, and more sophisticated equipment than was seen in Protective Edge. We cannot prevent the next operation next summer. The Prime Minister is spreading false statements."

Moving from a critique of defense policy to a more politically-motivated attack on Netanyahu, Liberman asserted Israel's current government would not last past 2015.

"I tell you it highly unlikely this government will last until the end of 2015. This government will fall apart long before that."


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