Jerusalem (Web Desk) A senior Israeli official has warned the leader of the Palestinian resistance movement Hamas against a large-scale operation in the besieged Gaza Strip, asserting that the Tel Aviv regime is prepared for such an onslaught.
“Let me say it to be clear: [The Hamas leader] Yahya Sinwar’s time is limited. He won’t finish his life in a retirement home,” Israeli Housing and Construction Minister Yoav Gallant said at the Jerusalem Post Diplomatic Conference on Wednesday.
“There will be another large campaign in Gaza,” Gallant said, claiming that it will be Israel, not Hamas, that decides when.
The recent rhetoric comes following the latest escalation of violence by the Tel Aviv regime against the coastal enclave in which Israeli airstrikes and shells reduced Palestinian buildings to rubble and sent fireballs and plumes of smoke into the sky.
The fresh spate of the Israeli military aggression saw 14 people killed and several others injured in 48 hours.
Hamas and other Gaza-based resistance groups announced a ceasefire with Israel in a joint statement on Tuesday evening, saying they would abide by the ceasefire as long as Israel did the same.
“Egypt’s efforts have been able to achieve a ceasefire between the resistance and the Zionist enemy,” the statement read.
It added, “The resistance will respect this declaration as long as the Zionist enemy respects it.”
The regime regularly conducts air raids targeting Gaza.
In early July 2014, Israel waged a war on the Gaza Strip. The 50-day military aggression, which ended on August 26, 2014, killed nearly 2,200 Palestinians, including 577 children. Over 11,100 others – including 3,374 children, 2,088 women and 410 elderly people – were also wounded in the war.
The Gaza Strip has been under an Israeli siege since June 2007. The blockade has caused a decline in the standards of living as well as unprecedented levels of unemployment and unrelenting poverty.