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Bennett visits south, warns Hamas not to take advantage of election season

Emanuel (Mannie) Fabian is The Times of Israel's military correspondent.

Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visits the IDF's Gaza Division in southern Israel, June 22, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)
Prime Minister Naftali Bennett visits the IDF's Gaza Division in southern Israel, June 22, 2022. (Haim Zach/GPO)

Outgoing Prime Minister Naftali Bennett toured the military’s Gaza Division in southern Israel earlier.

“We are summarizing the quietest year for the residents of Sderot, Ashkelon, and the Gaza border communities in 15 years,” Bennett says according to a statement published by his office.

“The new normal in the south is peace, security, and normal life,” he says.

“We are in a period of political instability, but security stability must be maintained. I do not suggest to anyone on the other side to try to challenge it,” he adds, in a warning to the Hamas terror group.

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