Exclusive Interview with Israel’s Minister of Defense Avigdor Lieberman

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Last Thursday, Israel’s Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman held an exclusive interview with COGAT’s website. During the interview the Minister addressed a number of issues related to the Palestinian sector, in particular, the rapprochement between Iran and Hamas and the situation in the Gaza Strip on the eve of 2018.

"Sinwar and al-'Aruri are salesman of the Shi'ites in the Gaza Strip"

Referring to the latest reports on the strengthening of relations between Hamas and Iran, Minister of Defense, Avigdor Lieberman, said that after the Iranians succeeded in destroying Yemen, Sudan, Lebanon and Syria, they began to destroy Gaza: "The heads of the regime in Tehran are not interested in the reality in Gaza and the future of the children there. They are interested in extremist ideology and as much as possible to harm the State of Israel. " He added: "After the Iranians come to the Gaza Strip, no international entity will invest a single penny there, and after Operation Protective Edge, we are willing to enable the international community to build multi-billion dollar projects in the Gaza Strip, but with Iran as the main entity in Gaza, no one is willing to invest.”

In addition, Lieberman referred to the heads of the Hamas terrorist organization and said that Yahya al-Sinwar and Salah al-'Aruri are no more than salesmen of the Shi'ites inside the Gaza Strip and that they live a luxury life, while the lives of the residents of the Gaza Strip do not interest them at all. "Salah al-'Aruri lives under Hezbollah's patronage in Lebanon, he travels all over the world and enjoys luxury hotels, and as far as he is concerned, there is no better salary, no better conditions than the ones he is enjoying today, he does not represent the residents of the Gaza Strip” Lieberman said.

Lieberman said that Marwan Issa, head of the military wing of the Hamas terrorist organization, and Yahya Sinwar, head of the Hamas in the Gaza Strip, have electricity 24 hours a day, but that ninety-nine percent of Gaza residents have an average of four to six hours a day. Addressing Gazans, Lieberman said "I suggest you think about your children, their future, and start pressing Hamas leaders to change direction, right now it's a flight to nowhere, if you change the direction, believe me, you'll build a good future here," he said. “For your children, start putting pressure on the Hamas leadership."