Yoav Galant's assessment appeared to fall short of what officials from the Islamic militant group Hamas have described as Egyptian efforts to broker a comprehensive agreement, including a significant easing of an 11-year-old border blockade and United Nations -led reconstruction of Gaza.
Palestinian protesters gather as tear gas canisters are launched by Israeli forces during a demonstration at the Israel-Gaza border, in Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on August 3, 2018.
Highlighting skepticism over a long-term ceasefire, Hamas's political leadership met on Monday with top officials in its military to discuss its preparedness for battle with Israel, according to a report in Israeli news site Ynet. "Egypt is no less responsible", Elkin to Israel's Ynet TV in an interview.
A Palestinian teen died of his wounds Saturday a day after he was shot by Israeli troops during clashes on the Gaza border, the territory´s Hamas-run health ministry said.
The video of the sea barrier was posted to Lieberman's Twitter account today (AEST), as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu convened his Security Cabinet to discuss an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
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It also attacked "a terrorist squad that was launching arson balloons from the northern Gaza Strip into Israel", the army said in an English-language statement. The Trump administration's stated position is that Gaza should be under the control of Hamas's Western-backed Palestinian rivals.
As part of negotiations, several exiled Hamas leaders are in Gaza for consultations.
Israel made a decision to erect a sea barrier in 2014, when several Hamas gunmen tried to enter Israel by sea but were shot dead by soldiers.
Meanwhile, at least 160 Palestinians have been martyred by Israeli fire since along the Gaza border since the Marches of Return started late March. Hamas has acknowledged that dozens of those killed were its members.
Fire officials in Israel said incendiary balloons and kites set off almost 50 fires in Israel this weekend alone.