Ynetnews reports: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu slammed Thursday Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas for transferring funds to Hamas during a press conference with German Chancellor Angela Merkel in which the two displayed unity, despite gaping disagreements.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel was in Israel for two days of joint government consultations, the seventh such trip since Israel and Germany established the tradition a decade ago. Merkel and Netanyahu appeared together at a press conference where the prime minister addressed the possibility that Hamas would attack Israel as a result of its people’s financial distress.
“If Hamas thinks that as a result of this plight it can attack Israel— it will be making a major mistake. Our response will be harsh, very harsh. I hope that it is possible to halt this strangulation but I also reiterate that Israel will act with all necessary strength to defend itself and its citizens,” Netanyahu stressed.
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