Maj. Gen. Eyal Zamir said the military was concerned that the construction on the barrier could spark a conflict with Hamas. The terror group sees its tunnels as a central weapon in the fight against Israel and the Defense Ministry’s barrier presents a threat to them.
“We hope they don’t try to challenge us,” he said.
Another military official added on Thursday that the army does not believe Hamas has any justification — “ethical, moral or military” — to prevent Israel from building a protective barrier. It will therefore not tolerate any attempts by the terror group to interfere with its construction, the official said.
“If it tries to, Israel will defend this barrier in every way possible,” the official said. “This barrier will be built. Period. At any price.” READ MORE