“They cannot make decisive and fateful decisions at this time,” Sinwar said.
By World Israel News Staff
Hamas leader Yahya Sinwar poked fun at Israel’s political instability on Sunday.
“There is no negotiation between us and Israel. They do not have an active government, they do not have a cabinet to discuss major issues such as the Iranian threat. They cannot make decisive and fateful decisions at this time,” Sinwar said.
“We stand ready in front of the enemy and will not flinch. Our soldiers, our army and our regiments are ready to defend and respond,” he added.
Sinwar’s comments came mere days after Palestinian terrorists launched a barrage of missiles into southern Israel. The attack was attributed to the Iran-backed Islamic Jihad.
On Friday night, Israel’s Iron Dome missile defense system intercepted eight of the 10 rockets fired from Gaza into southern Israel. While no casualties were reported from the impact of the other two missiles, shrapnel slammed into a home in Sderot, damaging it and other property.
The rocket attacks shattered a month-long lull on the Israeli-Gaza border.
Israel responded to the attack by launching an airstrike against strategic Hamas positions.
In a statement, the Israeli military said its air force targeted military compounds affiliated with Gaza’s Hamas rulers. The targets included weapons manufacturing and storage facilities, a naval base and a compound serving Hamas’ aerial defense array.
There is debate whether Israel’s failure to form a government is affecting its decision-making ability.
Blue and White’s leader Benny Gantz is currently leading the effort to establish a coalition after receiving the mandate from President Reuven Rivlin last month.
Both Gantz and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu say they favor a national unity government.
Together, Netanyahu’s Likud and Gantz’s Blue and White control a solid 65-seat majority. But the two are divided over who should lead the new government first, among other issues.
Netanyahu has insisted he head the government for the first two years, and that his right-wing and religious allies be included, conditions that Gantz has so far rejected.
Gantz met with Netanyahu in Tel Aviv last week but no progress was made.