Ben Gvir says Hamas violated the ceasefire by claiming Jerusalem terror attack

Carrie Keller-Lynn is a former political and legal correspondent for The Times of Israel

National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir claims that Hamas claim of responsibility for today’s terror attack in Jerusalem that killed three Israelis means it broke the ongoing ceasefire today.

“With one hand Hamas signs a ceasefire, with the other it sends terrorists to murder Jews in Jerusalem,” the far-right police minister, who was against the ceasefire to begin with, says in a statement released by his Otzma Yehudit party.

“This is not a ceasefire but rather a continuation of the conception of containment [of terror attacks] and concession that brought us murdered people, which gives [Hamas’s Gaza leader Yahya] Sinwar hope that he can exit this conflict with the upper hand,” he continues.

“We have to stop deals with the devil, and return immediately to the fight, with rare strength.”

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