Former Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon (Likud) responded to the Gaza rocket attack Friday morning, linking it to the European Union’s (EU) removal of Hamas from its terrorist organization list on Wednesday.
“This morning the Europeans received more proof that Hamas is a terrorist organization,” released Danon in a statement after the rocket attack which fortunately didn’t inflict any wounds or damage.
The MK continued “the rocket that Hamas fired at Israel proves again to European countries that they don’t need to wait for any check as to whether Hamas is a terrorist organization, if anyone still had a doubt about it they received their answer now with the (rocket) firing.”
In addition to removing Hamas from the terror list on Wednesday due to a claimed lack of legal evidence submitted in adding it to the list, the European Parliament that same day voted to recognize “Palestine.”
Calling for action, Danon added “the government of Israel must respond with strength against every attack on its sovereignty, and not abandon residents of the south.”
In the Friday attack a rocket exploded just outside of a community in the Eshkol Regional Council area adjacent to Gaza. The attack came a day after Hamas held its largest military exercise since Operation Protective Edge on the ruins of two Israeli villages in Gaza evacuated in the 2005 Disengagement plan.
In fact the rocket attack is not the first such breach of the truce agreement that ended the operation; there have been several rockets fired into Israel since, including one that was shot down at the beginning of last month.
Eshkol Regional Council head Chaim Yelin, who on Thursday joined Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, said in response to the rocket attack “whoever thought that IDF deterrence is the solution for quiet in the Gaza Belt doesn’t understand that wars are won by diplomats, who with courage bring quiet and security.”
“After Protective Edge the state had an unusual opportunity to bring a long-term agreement,” said Yelin, apparently suggesting a deal with the intransigent Hamas that calls for the genocide of Jews in its very charter. “Instead of that we find ourselves with a ticking clock towards the next escalation and war.”