“There is no more fitting or beautiful gift, as we approach 70 years of the State of Israel’s independence,” Israeli President Reuven Rivlin said.
Three Palestinians were injured in the retaliatory strike. No Israelis were injured in the original mortar attack.
“Disarming us is like Satan dreaming of heaven. No one can take away our weapons.”
JERUSALEM Any Palestinian government “must unambiguously and explicitly” commit to nonviolence, recognize Israel and accept previous agreemen
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu had seven conditions, including that Hamas recognize Israel, disarm and sever ties with Iran.
The alert sounded a few days after Hamas allegedly agreed not to fire rockets into Israel as part of a Palestinian unity plan.
Israel said that the deal will only be acceptable if Hamas recognizes Israel and gives up its weapons.
Keeping up with a tradition set by his predecessor, Egyptian president Abdel Fattah a-Sisi met Monday with Jewish leaders on the sidelines of the United Nations General Assembly in New York.
The fund transfers, which began in 2016, provided more than $210 million to Hamas in the West Bank and Gaza, according to the Israel Security Agency.
He was accused of contacting two men in the West Bank and ordering them to kill Jews in Jerusalem by throwing hand grenades.