Danon: You Don't Do Business with Terrorists
MK Danny Danon (Likud) warned on Tuesday evening against Israel making any concessions to Hamas during ceasefire negotiations, amid reports that Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu was preparing the heads of the parties in the coalition for concessions to the terror organization.
“You do not do business with a terrorist organization,” Danon said.
“The agreement being put together will allow Hamas to raise its status on the Arab street and upgrade its military capabilities that will be directed towards us whenever the heads of Hamas decide to do so,” he warned.
“If [Hamas leaders] Ismail Haniyeh and Mahmoud Al-Zahar receive immunity under this agreement, it will significantly harm our deterrence capabilities,” said Danon.
Earlier on Tuesday, it was reported that Israel has agreed to pay the salaries of Hamas officials through a third-party country, and lighten the naval blockade on Gaza.
The fishing zone for Gaza would be expanded by six nautical miles, and building materials would be sent in under supervision, despite the fact that cement transported to Gaza helped Hamas build a massive network of terror tunnels used in the operation to kill IDF soldiers.
Israel is also reportedly close to agreeing to double the amount of trucks bringing materials to Gaza through the Kerem Shalom Crossing to 600 per day, as well as increasing the monthly amount of entry permits to Israel from the Erez Crossing, and expanding criterion for Gaza residents to enter Israel, Judea and Samaria.
As for what Israel gets in return for the numerous concessions, reports have yet to specify what exactly is being offered. One thing they do suggest is that the truce deal does not include a demilitarization of Gaza, despite calls to do so.
Jewish Home chairman Naftali Bennett already voiced his opposition Monday to paying the salaries of Hamas officials in Gaza. The minister said that "it is impossible to fight our enemy with one hand and to fund it with the other."
Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman on Monday came out against Israel caving in to Hamas’s demands, such as funding Hamas and allowing a Gaza sea and airport, stating that Hamas must not leave the clash "with a feeling that terror pays."