Opposition leader Yair Lapid responds to the escalation in violence, saying that while the actions of the government have damaged Israel’s deterrence, the country will give full backing to the government in any response.
“The extreme and irresponsible behavior of the current government led to a serious damage to deterrence,” the Yesh Atid leader says.
“Our enemies misjudge our inner strength. When it comes to security, there is no opposition or coalition in the State of Israel. We will stand united against any enemy. The opposition will give the government full backing for a harsh response by the IDF and the security forces,” Lapid says.
“Israel should respond at a time and place that is right for us. We should not play into the hands of those who are trying to heat up the region during the month of Ramadan. Instead of acting according to our enemies’ schedule, we must respond forcefully and mercilessly according to the security forces’ assessment of the evolving situation,” Lapid says.