Ya’alon: We’ve set Hamas back 5 years

Israel “has set Hamas back five years” in its actions in Gaza, Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon says while visiting soldiers and communities in southern Israel.

“Hamas has so far paid a heavy price and should, along with Gaza residents, calculate whether this situation is convenient for them or not,” Ya’alon adds. “The IDF’s activity has taken Hamas back five years. It took them five years to build it all.”

“Right now the ball is in their court,” continues Ya’alon. “We are operating independently without any [negotiation] process. If they want a ceasefire, let them call us. The operation is not over until there is a full ceasefire.”

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