Israeli Education Minister Naftali Bennett warned yesterday that reaching a truce in the Gaza Strip would turn Hamas in to a “strategic” threat within a few years, Ynet News reported.
Bennet, who described Gaza as a “monster” during his speech to the annual International Institute for Counter-Terrorism Conference in Herzliya, said that Israel is buying time throughout its pursuit of the truce, stressing this would make Hamas “an even bigger enemy” later.
Officials working on a ceasefire want “quiet in return for quiet” because “we all want there to be quiet in Sderot, Nir Am, Kfar Aza, but what is the price?”
However, he said: “The price is that we will meet the enemy in another two or three years,” referring to Hamas. “Imagine Hamas firing on Israel with 30,000 rockets.”
Bennet said that the late Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin forged the Oslo Accords with the Palestinians because Israel was not strong enough to continue a conflict.
“I think that when Rabin chose to go to Oslo he thought that Israel had no strength for continued conflict,” he said, warning that “those who don’t mow the lawn, are mowed by the grass.”