Tuesday, 21 January 2014

Israel PM threatens to teach Hamas lesson 'very soon'


JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday threatened to teach Hamas a lesson "very soon" after recent cross-border violence.

"We foil terrorist attacks when we identify that they are in the making and we respond against those who attack us," Netanyahu told reporters in Jerusalem at a joint press conference with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper.

"If Hamas and the other terror organizations forgot this lesson, they will learn it again the hard way and very soon," he said.

His warning was issued shortly after Hamas said it had deployed forces in Gaza to "preserve the truce" following an uptick of rocket fire on Israel.

Over the past month, tensions have risen in and around Gaza after more than a year of relative calm following Israel's war on the coastal territory in November 2012 which killed over 170 people, mainly civilians, and injured thousands.

Since Dec. 20, four Palestinians and an Israeli have been killed in violence in and around Gaza. more

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