The Egyptian official "made unequivocally clear to him (Haniyeh) that if this continues, Israel will respond and take far harsher steps, and Egypt will stand by and will not help", Katz told Israel Radio in an interview.
Hamas' rivals in the Palestinian Authority are likewise pulling no punches when it comes to the real nature of what's happening in Gaza.at least when they speak in Arabic.
"The Egyptians have promised to open the Rafah Crossing to ease the blockade, but not as a cindition to stopping the marches - contrary to what was said in some media outlets", he said.
"We are making sure it does not turn into armed struggle, but there is a limit, and in a scenario in which Israel ramps up its aggression and much blood is shed, it will demand a response from us", said Sinwar. On the contrary, it is growing and developing. "This is a peaceful resistance bolstered by a military force and by security agencies, and enjoying tremendous popular support".
The head of the defense Ministry said during a visit to IDF positions near the border with Gaza on Wednesday, may 16.
"When you are in possession of weapons that were able to withstand the occupation [Israel] in the wars of 2006, 2008, 2012 and 2014..."
"The cruel reality is that every time Israel accidentally kills a Gaza civilian, Israel loses".
Hamas claimed on Wednesday that 50 of the dead were members of the movement.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop recognised Israel's "legitimate security concerns" but called on it to "refrain from excessive use of force", also urging Gazans to "refrain from violence and attempting to enter into Israeli territory".