Israeli P.M. warns Hamas on Gaza rockets

Aug 18, 2014, 6:53 AM EDT
Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference with Secretary General of The United Nations Ban Ki- Moon on July 22, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel.
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned on Sunday that no long-term deal to end the Gaza conflict was acceptable unless the territory's Hamas rulers stopped rocket and mortar fire. The Wall Street Journal reports:

As envoys representing Israel and the Palestinians resumed indirect talks in Cairo on a long-term truce, Mr. Netanyahu said any attempt by Hamas to extract concessions at the negotiating table by firing rockets at Israel would fail.

"If Hamas thinks that through the continued drizzle of rocket fire it will force us to make concessions, it's mistaken," the Israeli leader said at the start of a weekly cabinet meeting. "If Hamas thinks we can't endure over the long term, it's mistaken."

Meanwhile, Israel destroyed the homes of Palestinians it believes killed three Israeli teens who went missing in June. Reuters states:

Troops set charges to destroy the homes of Hussam Kawasme and Amar Abu Aysha in the southern West Bank before dawn and sealed off the home of a third suspect, Marwan Kawasme, the army said.

Israel accuses Hamas Islamist militants of the abduction and killing of Jewish seminary students Gil-Ad Shaer, Naftali Fraenkel and Eyal Yifrah, who went missing on June 12 and were discovered dead a couple of weeks later in the West Bank.

Hamas has neither confirmed nor denied the accusations.