(May 1, 2022 / JNS) Hamas leader in Gaza Yahya Sinwar said on Saturday that a war would break out unless Israel stopped enforcing the law at Al Aqsa Mosque, and accused Knesset member Mansour Abbas of treason for joins the Israeli coalition government.
“We must prepare for a big war if Israel does not stop harming the Al Aqsa mosque,” threatened the Hamas leader, according to ynet.
The Hamas leader also praised those who attacked Israeli security forces and civilians in Jerusalem during the month of Ramadan. He mentioned the April 7 shooting in Tel Aviv, in which three Israeli civilians were murdered.
Ra’ad Hazem, the terrorist who carried out the attack and who was shot the next morning by Israeli security forces in Jaffa, had become “a Palestinian symbol”, Sinwar said.
“Recent heroic attacks in Israel have proven that it is weaker than a spider’s web,” he said.
Addressing the Chairman of Ra’am Abbas, Sinwar said, “The safety net you are providing to a government that harms Al Aqsa Mosque is a crime we will not forgive. It is a denial of our religion and your Arabness.
Sinwar called on “our brothers in the southern branch of the Islamic Movement,” of which Abbas is the leader, to go further than simply suspending their activity in the Knesset.
On April 17, following rising tensions over the clashes on the Temple Mount, the Ra’am Party announced that it was freezing its parliamentary activities and membership in the coalition. The announcement was seen as largely symbolic as the Knesset will be on vacation until May 9.
“If you have a conscience, tonight you have to decide,” Sinwar said.
Abbas responded to Sinwar’s comments hours later, saying, “We reject Yahya Sinar’s accusations and owe him nothing. We only engage with Arab society here. We have achieved many goals and we have a long way to go for the future of our company,” ynet reported.
In his opening address to the Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said: “Yesterday I heard the leader of Hamas in Gaza, Yahya Sinwar, call on Mansour Abbas to dissolve the government.
“It’s already clear to me at this point that Hamas doesn’t like this government; maybe they miss the suitcases of dollars or they just don’t like the possibility of us all working together to improve conditions for the Arab citizens of Israel.
“This is a very important point, [on] where the masks come off and it’s clear to anyone who wants what.
“Whether Hamas wants to overthrow our government speaks volumes. Also on this point, Sinwar cannot be allowed to win.
Also on Sunday, Israel Defense Forces spokesman Brig. General Ran Kochav said 103FM Sinwar’s speech was “arrogant” and “pathetic”.
“He’s trying to heat the floor. He is frightened and discouraged by what we did to him in Gaza exactly one year ago during ‘Operation Guardian of the Walls’, and since then,” Kochav said. “Because of our abilities, he is trying to bypass the Israeli army and heat up the Temple Mount and Judea and Samaria.”