The Gaza-ruling Palestinian terror group Hamas is investing considerable resources into establishing terrorist infrastructure in Lebanon, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Friday.

Hamas, stated Lieberman, “is currently trying to carry out terrorist attacks across Judea and Samaria, as well as develop new fronts, primarily in southern Lebanon. It wants to use that [area] to threaten Israel.”

He continued, “[Hamas] is struggling to carry out terrorist attack from Gaza, because it faces a very difficult reality there. We will not tolerate a situation in which on the one hand, Hamas talks about a humanitarian crisis and the need for aid, while on the other hand it orders terrorist attacks in Judea and Samaria and tries to establish a terrorist infrastructure in Lebanon….The newfound friendship between top Hamas officials and [Hezbollah leader] Hassan Nasrallah is another thing we’re monitoring closely. Every development will meet the proper response.”

The defense minister on Friday visited the two Israeli security officers who were wounded in a Jenin raid targeting the terrorist cell that recently killed Rabbi Raziel Shevach near his home in the Samaria outpost of Havat Gilad.

Commenting on reports that Ahmed Jarrar, the head of the terrorist cell, managed to escape the raid, Lieberman said Jarrar “needs to know he’s living on borrowed time. We will find him. We know everything—who the terrorists are, who their collaborators are, the identity of other people involved in the attack. We will bring all of them to justice, and they will pay the full price.”


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