During a cultural event on Saturday, Israeli Construction Minister Yoav Galant said that the IDF possesses the ability to eliminate Hamas’s Gaza chief Yahya Sinwar. “If he dares to escalate [the situation], we will take him out of the game,” he stated.

Sinwar (right)

Sinwar (right) Photo Credit: Abed Rahim Khatib/Flash 90

Israeli Construction Minister Yoav Galant (Kulanu) commented Saturday on the tensions along Israel’s southern border with Gaza. During a cultural event in Hadera, the former senior IDF official implied that the days of Hamas’s Gaza chief, Yahya Sinwar, are numbered.

“Yahya Sinwar is living on borrowed time,” he said. “If he dares escalate [the situation], we will take him out of the game. This is within our abilities. Hamas is not starting a war because it is aware of our abilities.”

Galant claimed that Sinwar and Hamas do not actually care about the Palestinian people and are interested only in protecting themselves. “We will take them and the people around them out,” he added.

Earlier this week, Palestinian media outlets reported that senior Hamas member Imad al-Alami is in critical condition after being shot in the head. According to Hamas spokesperson Fawzi Barhoum, al-Alami was injured when he accidentally discharged his own gun while inspecting it.