'Tragedy of Hamas Attack Road Written on the Wall'

Responding to Hamas saying it paved road to attack kibbutz, Liberman slams PM for 'insisting to stay deaf,' warns to act before too late.

Hezki Baruch, Ari Yashar ,

Avigdor Liberman
Avigdor Liberman
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Yisrael Beytenu chairperson Avigdor Liberman on Saturday night issued strong condemnation against Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Moshe Ya'alon (Likud) regarding a dangerous road paved last week by Hamas right adjacent to the security border in Gaza.

Senior Hamas member Fathi Hamad said the road was paved a mere 250 meters (820 feet) from the border, right across from Kibbutz Nahal Oz, and is meant to be ready for "the moment to attack."

"The Israeli government is burying its head in the sand, and if the tragedy that is already written on the wall happens - the prime minister and defense minister will not be able to clean themselves of the responsibility," warned Liberman.

The MK said that Hamad's announcement is "like a call on a megaphone to the prime minister who is insisting to stay deaf."

"The investigative committee that will be established if G-d forbid the tragedy at Nahal Oz will happen won't need to launch secret protocols, but rather just to read these words of Hamad that were published publicly," he said.

Liberman was foreign minister until foregoing remaining at the post in the new coalition, refusing to join the coalition among other reasons because his demand to have Hamas toppled was rejected.

Reiterating that call, Liberman said, "the prime minister should pull himself together now and do what needs to be done to overthrow the Hamas rule in Gaza. True leadership needs to know to deal with threats before calamity, and not when it's too late already."

Liberman was also critical of the government's lackluster stance against Hamas last Tuesday when a Grad rocket was fired from Gaza and struck near Ashdod.

"A government that isn't willing to write in its fundamental positions that it intends to overthrow the Hamas regime in Gaza is a government that broadcasts weakness," said Liberman at the time. "If it (the government) won't recover its composure, it would be better for it to end its term right now, immediately after it began, for the sake of the security of Israeli citizens and for the strength of the state of Israel."