Tensions Rise: Hamas Official Warns of Possible Regional War with Israel

In a high-tension atmosphere, Saleh al-Arouri, a prominent official from the Palestinian organization Hamas, issued a stark warning to Israel

by Faruk Imamovic
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Tensions Rise: Hamas Official Warns of Possible Regional War with Israel
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In a high-tension atmosphere, Saleh al-Arouri, a prominent official from the Palestinian organization Hamas, issued a stark warning to Israel, cautioning against the assassination of Hamas leaders. Such actions, he stressed, might potentially spiral the area into a regional conflict.

Heightened Security Discussions in Israel

The heated pronouncement from the Hamas representative comes on the heels of a security committee meeting in Israel. Key agenda items during this discussion focused on the ongoing situation in the West Bank.

Notably, the Israeli ministers underscored the importance of targeting and eliminating prominent figures within Hamas and other similar organizations as a strategy to effectively counter them. Saleh al-Arouri didn't mince his words when he responded.

“The leaders of the occupation government, with their extremist policies, will cause an all-out war in the region,” he remarked. He further elaborated, "Some in the cabinet are considering actions such as taking control of Al-Aqsa Mosque and dividing it, along with assassinations, knowing that this would lead to a regional war”.

In a stern warning to Israel, al-Arouri stated, “If we reach the point of an all-out confrontation, Israel will face an unprecedented defeat in its history, and we are confident of that”. Echoing the sentiments and threats made by Hezbollah's leader, Hassan Nasrallah, al-Arouri emphasized that Hamas is gearing up for potential all-out war, engaging in talks with all concerned factions on the imminent prospects of such a conflict.

Israel's Stance: A Firm Response In a swift reply to al-Arouri’s statements, Israel's premier, Netanyahu, responded pointedly during the weekly cabinet gathering. Addressing the Hamas deputy leader, he remarked, “Hamas and the rest of Iran’s proxies know well that we will fight with all means against their efforts to cause terror — in Judea and Samaria, Gaza and anywhere else”.

Using the biblical references for the West Bank, Netanyahu further asserted, “Anyone who tries to harm us… will pay the full price”. The recent exchange of words underlines the simmering tensions and underscores the delicacy of the situation.

Both sides stand firm on their positions, and the global community watches closely, hoping for diplomacy and peace to prevail.

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