Netanyahu

And unlike Obama, when Netanyahu says it, he means it.

Jerusalem (AFP) – Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday threatened to teach Gaza’s ruling Hamas movement a lesson “very soon” following a surge in militant rocket attacks on the Jewish state.

“We foil terrorist attacks when we identify that they are in the making and we respond against those who attack us,” Netanyahu told reporters in Jerusalem at a joint press conference with his Canadian counterpart Stephen Harper.

“If Hamas and the other terror organisations forgot this lesson, they will learn it again the hard way and very soon,” he said.

His warning was issued shortly after Hamas said it had deployed forces in Gaza to “preserve the truce” following an uptick of rocket fire on Israel.

Over the past month, tensions have risen in and around Gaza after more than a year of relative calm following a major Israeli confrontation with Hamas in November 2012.

Since December 20, four Palestinians and an Israeli have been killed in violence in and around Gaza, with militant rocket fire sparking retaliatory air strikes by Israel.

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