Israel will avoid opening the internet in Gaza for any activity whatsoever, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Thursday.
The government would not allow anyone to use the internet on Friday unless there is a specific order, including a written agreement signed by the Israeli defense minister, Ehud Barak, and Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon.
Netanyahu, who was in Washington to meet with President Donald Trump, said that the IDF would not accept the entry of any rocket into Israel from Gaza, the West Bank and Gaza Strip.
“The IDF will not allow the entrance of any rockets into Israel,” Netanyahu said, adding that the country would not open its borders to anyone who wanted to do so.
“I’m not going to open up our borders for Hamas, because that’s an existential threat to Israel.”
On Thursday, the IDF said it would launch a large-scale drill in northern Israel on Friday to ensure the safety of soldiers and civilians in the area.
It said it planned to open the border to the Gaza Strip, and allow the transfer of humanitarian aid into the territory.
On Thursday night, Hamas said it was going to the international court of justice in The Hague to appeal the ruling.
“We hope that the world will see that Israel is acting correctly and that its right to defend itself is respected, and the international community will understand that Hamas is not entitled to the kind of impunity it has now,” Netanyahu told reporters in the Oval Office.
“So, we are taking a long, hard look at our decision.
We want to see that we open the borders for Gaza.”
A number of Israeli military jets have been patrolling the border area since late Thursday night.
Barak said he was concerned that the drill was likely to lead to rocket fire from Gaza into Israel.
“It would be dangerous, dangerous for us,” he said.
“If we had to defend ourselves, then it would be impossible to open it for anyone.
What we want to do is make sure that we are safe.”