This week, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke at a memorial for IDF soldiers killed in Operation Protective Edge, Israel's war in Gaza during the summer of 2014. Israel Hayom reports that Netanyahu warned Hamas' leaders not to provoke fighting on Israel's southern border again, or "they will find the price we exact from them is unbearable":
"I feel a personal kinship with you," the prime minister said at the ceremony, held on Mount Herzl in Jerusalem. "Four years have passed since the difficult campaign in Israel's south, and we have taken up arms to remove the threat of Hamas terror. This murderous organization controls the Gaza Strip, oppresses its people and directs its efforts toward Israel's destruction.
"We continue to spare no effort to secure the return of our soldiers, Oron Shaul and Hadar Goldin. Not everything is known to the public and that's a good thing. Our commitment will remain steadfast until their return, and the same goes for our captive civilians Avera Mengistu and Hisham al-Sayed," Netanyahu said.
The prime minister also sent a clear message to Hamas, saying its leaders "would be wise to defuse tensions, not provoke escalation. If they chose escalation, they will find the price we exact from them to be unbearable..."