Israel’s defence minister warns next war with Hamas will be the last because ‘we will completely destroy them’

Israel’s Defence Minister Avigdor Lieberman has warned Hamas the next war with them would be their last ‘because we will completely destroy them’.

He said he remained committed to a two-state solution and told the Palestinian al-Quds newspaper: ‘I would like to clarify that we have no intention of starting a new war against our neighbours in the Gaza Strip or the West Bank, Lebanon or Syria.’

But Mr Lieberman, one of the most hawkish ministers in the Israeli government, urged Palestinians in the Gaza Strip to tell Hamas to ‘stop your crazy policies’.