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Liberman says Israel will end strikes in Gaza, if Islamic Jihad stop rocket fire

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset on June 27, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)
Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman speaks during a faction meeting at the Knesset on June 27, 2022. (Olivier Fitoussi/Flash90)

Finance Minister Avigdor Liberman says Israel will only end its military campaign against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip if the terror group stops its rocket attacks on Israel.

“If Jihad announces that it is stopping to fire, we’ll also stop fire,” Liberman tells Channel 12 news.

Regarding the terror group’s leader in northern Gaza, killed in an Israeli airstrike yesterday, Liberman says he was “not only a ticking bomb but he operated ticking bombs — several cells with explosives moving around the border area. There was no choice but to act [against him].”

Liberman says there are limitations on what a caretaker government can do, and it did the minimum — stopping a ticking bomb.

“I’m not sure what’s going on with PIJ. Its leader is in Iran and this is a crucial week for Iran with respect to the [nuclear deal] with the world powers,” he says.

“We’re certainly not looking for war or confrontation, but we’re not prepared to live under anybody’s threats. I hope that message has been clearly heard,” he added.

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