Palestinian terror group Hamas threatens to return to suicide bombings and to “burn” Israeli cities if Jerusalem resumes its policy of targeted killings of senior terror figures.
“We will burn the cities in [the country’s] center and launch missiles at Tel Aviv and Gush Dan if Israel acts on its threats, those of which surpasses the enemy’s imagination,” Hamas warns, according to the Kan public broadcaster, which cites the Hezbollah-affiliated Al-Mayadeen TV station.
“The return of assassinations means the return of the explosive operations inside [Israeli] cities,” Hamas told Egyptian mediators, sources tell to al-Mayadeen.
The group’s military wing also issues a threat for an “unprecedented response” should Israel attempt to harm any of its top leadership, especially Gaza leader Yahya Sinwar.
The May 2021 war between the two sides “will be but an ordinary event compared to what the enemy will witness,” says Abu Obeida, the spokesperson for the Izz al-Din al-Qassam Brigades.
Some Israeli pundits have advocated killing Sinwar in response to the recent terror wave, which he has urged on from the coastal enclave.
Abu Obeida further vows that Israel would pay in “blood and destruction” for such a strike.
Israeli intelligence has conducted numerous targeted killing operations over the country’s 74-year history. Use of the tool peaked during the Second Intifada when Israeli forces took out Hamas leaders in an attempt to staunch a wave of attacks in Israeli cities.
The terror group’s threat comes after Israeli officials have reportedly indirectly warned that Israel could retaliate Hamas for encouraging a series of deadly terror attacks in recent weeks.
While Hamas has not taken responsibility for most of the attacks since March 22 that have left 19 people in Israel and the West Bank dead, Sinwar has repeatedly called for Palestinians to assault Israelis and the group has publicly praised the perpetrators, encouraging more attacks.
The terror group also claimed responsibility for an attack that killed a security officer guarding the West Bank settlement of Ariel on April 29.