Israel is refusing to restore power or allow water and fuel into the Gaza Strip until all of its hostages are freed — as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that every terrorist will soon be “a dead man.”
The firm stance Wednesday came as Israel’s army is expected to launch a ground strike on the region within the coming days in response to the horrific weekend terror attack that killed more than 1,200 people, mostly civilians.
“Humanitarian aid to Gaza? No electrical switch will be turned on, no water hydrant will be opened and no fuel truck will enter until the Israeli abductees are returned home,” Israeli Minister of Energy and Infrastructure Israel Katz tweeted early Thursday.
As of Thursday, Hamas had taken around 150 people captive — including women and kids — while threatening to post footage of them being executed.
“Humanitarian for humanitarian,” Katz tweeted in Hebrew, according to the Austin-American Statesman.
“And no one will preach us morals.”
Netanyahu, meanwhile, joined with a top political rival Wednesday to create a wartime Cabinet to oversee the fight — vowing to “crush and destroy” the terrorist organization behind the mass slaughter..
“Every Hamas member is a dead man,” he promised in a televised address.
Opposition leader Benny Gantz said that he was “united” with his rival and ready to “wipe this thing called Hamas off the face of the Earth.”