Daily Israel Report

Hamas: Attack Gaza and We'll Attack Haifa

Hamas member warns Israel against making a "silly move" in Gaza, threatens to hit Haifa in retaliation.
By Dalit Halevi and Elad Benari
First Publish: 6/26/2014, 6:12 AM

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If Israel attacks Gaza, Hamas will attack Haifa, a member of the group threatened on Wednesday.

Speaking at a rally in Gaza, the deputy head of the Palestinian Legislative Council Ahmad Bahr warned Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu against making a “silly move” which may result in an escalation in Gaza.

“The resistance will not sit idly by, as it has combat capabilities and missiles that will hit Haifa if the enemy attacks the Gaza Strip," Bahr declared.

He attacked the security coordination between Israel and the Palestinian Authority (PA), calling on the PA to stop cooperating with “the occupation”. Judea and Samaria, claimed Bahr, has started a new intifada against the "occupation and security cooperation."

Bahr’s threats mark the third day in a row that Hamas leaders have threatened Israel. On Tuesday, senior Hamas leader Mahmoud Al-Zahar declared that Hamas has rockets that can hit any city in Israel.

He further said that during Operation Pillar of Defense in 2012, Hamas held a “dry run” in attacking Israeli cities such as Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. Hamas is known to have test-fired long-range M-175 rockets that can reach Tel Aviv and even beyond that when fired from Gaza.

On Monday, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh stated that a third intifada (terror war against Israel) had started, citing ongoing unrest in the PA as the IDF cracks down on Hamas in Judea and Samaria.