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Knesset panel chief says Hamas will pay the price for incitement to terror

Ram Ben-Barak leads a Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, July 5, 2021 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)
Ram Ben-Barak leads a Defense and Foreign Affairs Committee meeting at the Knesset in Jerusalem, July 5, 2021 (Yonatan Sindel/Flash90)

The Knesset defense panel chief says that Hamas will pay the price for its incitement to terror in the wake of the deadly attack in Elad.

“Hamas calls on people to carry out terrorist attacks and gives them instructions. They need to understand that they need to stop this, and we will exact a price for incitement,” Yesh Atid MK Ram Ben-Barak tells Army Radio. “What exactly is being done? It has not yet been decided.”

Ben-Barak is a former deputy head of Mossad who serves as the head of the Knesset’s powerful Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee.

While the perpetrators of last night’s attack in which three people were killed are not thought to be affiliated with any terror group, Hamas said it was “a heroic operation” in response to Jewish Israelis visiting the Temple Mount holy site earlier yesterday.

In a speech last Saturday, Hamas’s Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar threatened violent consequences should Israelis continue visiting the site.

He also urged Palestinians to strike Israelis with whatever they had — including axes. “Let everyone who has a rifle, ready it. And if you don’t have a rifle, ready your cleaver or an ax, or a knife,” Sinwar said.

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