Netanyahu warns Hamas, Iran: ‘We will act even during elections’

Prime Minister Netanyahu sent a firm message to Hamas and Iran on Sunday.

By David Isaac, World Israel News

In the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday morning, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sent a firm message to Hamas in Gaza and Iran that “the State of Israel will not hesitate to act even during the election period.”

“Over the weekend we began building the above-ground barrier along the Gaza border. The barrier will prevent terrorists from Gaza from penetrating into our territory on the ground,” Netanyahu said.

“I would also like to make it clear: If the quiet is not maintained in Gaza, we will make the decisions even in the elections period and will not hesitate to act.”

On Sunday morning, Israel arrested five Palestinian terrorists who entered Israel armed with knives and a bolt cutter. They were turned over to Israel’s internal security services for questioning.

Israel security forces also arrested nine Palestinian terrorist suspects in Judea and Samaria over the weekend.

The prime minister also had sharp words for the Ayatollahs, saying “In Iran today they are marking 40 years since the Islamic revolution and are trying to boast about the new missile. Iran openly declares its intention to destroy the State of Israel.

“I have a clear message to the tyrants of Tehran: We know what you are doing and where you are doing it. We will continue to take action against Iran with all the tools at our disposal in order to ensure the security and future of Israel.”

On Saturday, during celebrations commemorating the 1979 Islamic Revolution, Iran displayed its new cruise missile with a range of 800 miles, Iran state television reported.

Although the surface-to-surface missile named Hoveizeh can’t reach Israel from Iranian territory, in August it was reported that Iran began moving missiles to Iraq, putting Israel within range even of its short-range missiles.