Mati Tuchfeld and Gideon Allon, ISRAEL HAYOM
The potential cease-fire agreement between Israel and Hamas faced scathing criticism from Israel’s political Right on Tuesday, despite the fact that its outline and details have yet to be made public.
“The chances of reaching an agreement in indirect talks with Hamas extremists are not high, and we may even need to go back into Gaza to cut the head off the snake,” Transportation Minister Yisrael Katz (Likud) said.
Deputy Transportation Minister MK Tzipi Hotovely (Likud) said: “An agreement would cancel out all the achievements noted during Operation Protective Edge and it will position Hamas as the winner. The government must immediately work toward worsening the conditions in Gaza — stop providing electricity, halt the transfer of goods [into Gaza]. Every benefit Hamas receives shames the bravery of our soldiers.”
Likud MK Danny Danon said, “We do not make deals with terrorist organizations. The emerging agreement will allow Hamas to restore its status on the Arab street as well as rebuild its military capabilities, which will be turned on us whenever its leaders decide.”
Fellow party member MK Miri Regev said, “Unfortunately, any deal with Hamas will only be a springboard for future attacks, which will be harder and more painful for both sides.”
Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee Chairman MK Zeev Elkin (Likud) said, “I am opposed to giving economic benefits to Hamas without getting anything in return. My view is that we should make no concessions in exchange for calm.”
Habayit Hayehudi Chairman Naftali Bennett criticized at the possibility of transferring money to Hamas, saying: “Over the past day, it was reported that Israel is leaning toward giving into the Hamas’ demand of funding its ‘officials’ in Gaza. Let’s be honest, that money will be given to terrorists digging tunnels underneath our feet, to those creating the rockets and shooting them at us. It’s very simple, this is political protection money: Pay us — we’ll shoot at you later; don’t pay us — we’ll shoot at you now.
“This is the ‘quiet in exchange for money to fund terrorism’ method, and it will allow Hamas to restore itself and to grow stronger for the next round,” Bennett said.