Israel will strike “whoever sends” attackers against Israelis, Israeli Prime Minister Naftali Bennett said.

In his opening remarks to the weekly Cabinet meeting on Sunday, Bennett said that the country’s security services were working to thwart attacks before they occur, but added that Israel would not stop at prevention.

“We are currently witnessing Iranian attempts to attack Israelis in various overseas locations,” said the prime minister. “Our new rule is: Whoever sends [the attackers]—pays.”

Bennett reiterated warnings to Israeli citizens to avoid non-essential travel to Turkey, particularly to Istanbul, adding, “The danger is still great. I call on the citizens of Israel to show personal responsibility and safeguard their security.”

Addressing recent incidents in Gaza and southern Israel, Bennett said, “Unlike in the past we no longer make excuses for the terrorists, neither are we defining them as breakaway factions or electrical mishaps. As far as we are concerned, Hamas is the address.”


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