Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett warned Hamas on Sunday that Israel will not tolerate a “trickle” of attacks from the Gaza Strip.
Speaking at a memorial service at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem for the soldiers who fell during 2014’s “Operation Protective Edge,” Bennett said that the residents of Gaza-envelope communities “are not second-class citizens.”
“Those who live in Sderot, in Ashkelon, in Kfar Aza or in Alumim have the right to live in peace and security, just like any other citizen of the State of Israel,” he said.
“Violence and terrorism are not natural phenomena or decrees of fate that the State of Israel must simply accept,” he added.
Bennett emphasized in his remarks on Sunday that Israel’s fight was not with the people of Gaza.
“There is no intent to harm those who do not rise up against us to kill us, and we do not hate those who are held hostage by a brutal and violent terrorist organization, sometimes … [being] intentionally used as human shields [to protect] killing machines,” he said.
However, he added, “our enemies will have to learn the rules: We will not suffer violence, will not tolerate ‘trickles’ [of attacks], will not countenance or be understanding of incitement. Our patience has run out.”