Foreign Minister Yair Lapid urges countries around the world to follow Britain’s lead and outlaw the Hamas terror group in its entirety, including its political wing.
“The countries of the world must act like Britain and outlaw Hamas,” he says.
The statement comes after Israel’s security forces revealed that it busted a major Hamas cell, arresting 50 of its operatives. According to the Shin Bet security service, the Hamas cell was led from afar by Saleh al-Arouri, deputy head of the terror group’s politburo, and Zacharia Najib, a member of the organization who was released from Israeli prison in the 2011 Gilad Shalit exchange and exiled to Turkey, where he allegedly continues to operate on behalf of Hamas.
“Hamas’ offices in Istanbul will be shut down. We must prevent these heinous acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens everywhere and under any conditions,” says Lapid.