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Likud's Danon: Netanyahu in Political Trouble After Hamas Deal

By Bill Hoffmann   |   Wednesday, 27 Aug 2014 05:04 PM

Benjamin Netanayu's days as Israeli prime minister may be numbered following his agreement with Hamas for an extended ceasefire, says Danny Danon, a Likud party member of the Knesset and Netanyahu's former deputy minister of defense.

Netanyahu inexplicably accepted the ceasefire even though a majority of the cabinet members would have wholeheartedly voted no, Danon explained Wednesday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.

"We are disappointed … You fight with the Hamas you don't negotiate with the Hamas. You don't negotiate with a terrorist organization," Danon said.

"We should fight against the Hamas. We have the ability and the strength to win the war against the Hamas."

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Israel and Hamas have been involved in fierce skirmishes in Gaza since Hamas began firing rockets at the Jewish State two months ago. Hamas has constructed a maze of tunnels under Gaza, which Israel has been trying to destroy.

"Prime Minister Netanyahu decided not [go to war] this time, but it will happen maybe in six months, a year," Danon said.

"You cannot leave them there because they will continue to build a tunnel and produce more missiles…. We should've finished the job."

A factor in Netanyahu's decision was the ongoing pressure from President Barack Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry for a peace deal, Danon believes. But he said that does not excuse his move without the input of the cabinet.

"I told Prime Minister Netanyahu very clearly that he needs to come back to his base … we have to be strong against our enemies," said Danon, noting that Netanyahu could be ousted when the Knesset comes back in session at the end of October.

"Absolutely…. The people of Israel, they are disappointed from left to right. They say to the prime minister, we gave you the credit to do the right thing and unfortunately you didn't deliver," Danon said.

He said Hamas cannot claim victory following the ceasefire agreement — and should beware of Israel's military might.

"They need to know that they should not mess with Israel because when we decide to fight we know how to win," Danon said.

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