ANOTHER ISRAELI MINISTER has said a confrontation with Hamas was “only a matter of time.”

Echoing Housing Minister Yoav Galant, Yuval Steinitz forewarned of a coming battle with the Gaza-based Hamas group.

The former strategic affairs minister and close confidant of Netanyahu said that Hamas’ new prime minister, Yahya Sinwar, was a “cruel” man who saw his leadership in a historic, jihadi light, and would respond to Israel in kind.

Sinwar took over the Hamas premiership this week from Ismail Haniyeh, who ruled as prime minister since 2007. Sinwar’s ascension was largely seen as the belated takeover of Hamas’ political wing by the group’s militant wing.

CHAIRMAN OF THE FOREIGN AFFAIRS AND DEFENSE COMMITTEE and former Shin Bet chief Avi Dichter said it was a “shame” Israel never managed to take out Sinwar during antiterror operations.

Sinwar was freed by Israel in 2011 during the prisoner-swap deal for Gilad Schalit.

Dichter noted that Sinwar came of age as a terrorist during the First Intifada (from the late 1980s to the early 1990s) under the command of Hamas leader Salah Shehade, who was killed by Israel in 2002.

FORMER COMPTROLLER AND RETIRED JUDGE MICHA LINDENSTRAUSS said not enough measures were being taken to fight corruption on the municipal level.

“If there are good investigators, then matters are uncovered. We have to strengthen the general audit in several municipalities to boost transparency,” said Lindenstrauss, according to Israel’s national radio broadcaster.

Lindesntrauss called for a stronger judiciary to mete out punishments that match the severity of crimes. He also encouraged criminal investigations to resolve faster.

Mayors in two Israeli cities, Safed (Tsfat) and Ashkelon, are currently undergoing investigations for corruption. Law enforcement raided the Safed city hall earlier this month, arresting Mayor Ilan Shohat.

KNESSET REP. YUSUF JABARIN (Joint List) welcomed the Government Advertising Agency’s decision to post three job listings specifically for Israel’s Arab population.

He said at least 20% of the agency’s budget should go to the Arab populations, reflecting Israel’s demographics.

FORMER EDUCATION MINISTER Gideon Sa’ar said he was “taking a break” but would return to politics.

The former Likud representative said he planned to return to that party.

“When will it happen? How will it happen? Let’s wait patiently,” he told Army Radio.

Sa’ar made a shock resignation in 2014 for personal reasons.

 

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