Israel has made clear that it holds Hamas responsible for everything inside the Gaza Strip, and that the organization cannot “subcontract out” terrorist attacks to other groups, and then claim that it is not responsible.
“They are responsible for any hostile activity coming from the Gaza Strip,” the official said. “They cannot say, ‘It is not us.’”
Israel has made clear that it will not countenance the type of situation that existed before Operation Cast Lead began in December 2009, when there were daily rocket attacks on the western Negev, the official said. If the reports of an agreement to stop rocket firings on Israel were true, it would be an indication that Israel’s deterrence works, and that Hamas realizes that an escalation would not be to its benefit, he said.