Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu reportedly told the Obama White House “not to ever second guess me again” on the Hamas terror group.
This came after Hamas broke a US arranged ceasefire agreement 90 minutes after it went into effect. Hamas terrorists emerged from a secret tunnel, detonated a suicide bomb and kidnapped an Israeli soldier on Friday.
Twenty-three year-old IDF soldier Hadar Ben Leiah was kidnapped by Hamas on Friday. He is engaged to be married.
The AP reported:
Following the quick collapse of the cease-fire in Gaza, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the White House not to force a truce with Palestinian militants on Israel.
Sources familiar with conversations between Netanyahu and senior U.S. officials, including Secretary of State John Kerry, say the Israeli leader advised the Obama administration “not to ever second guess me again” on the matter. The officials also said Netanyahu said he should be “trusted” on the issue and about the unwillingness of Hamas to enter into and follow through on cease-fire talks.
The Obama administration on Friday condemned “outrageous” violations of an internationally brokered Gaza cease-fire by Palestinian militants and called the apparent abduction of an Israeli soldier a “barbaric” action.
The strong reaction came as top Israeli officials questioned the effort to forge the truce, accusing the U.S. and the United Nations of being naive in assuming the radical Hamas movement would adhere with its terms. The officials also blamed the Gulf state of Qatar for not forcing the militants to comply.