In an interview with the BBC on Sunday, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu told Gaza Arabs that Hamas wanted them to die.
By Yosef Berger
First Publish: 7/20/2014
As Netanyahu spoke in the interview, Hamas was in the midst of violating yet another “humanitarian” cease-fire that the terror group had requested. Via the Red Cross, Hamas asked for the cease-fire to allow it remove dead bodies from the Shejiaya neighborhood in Gaza, where fighting has been heavy since Saturday. After initial hesitation, Israel greed, and Hamas fired several rockets at Israel during the period of the cease-fire.
Regardless, Netanyahu said, Israel was doing its best to spare civilian lives. Israel regretted every civilian death, the Prime Minister said, urging Gaza Arabs to take themselves out of harm's way. “Don't stay there,” Netanyahu addressed Gaza Arabs. “Hamas wants you to die, we want you to be safe. Hamas is responsible for the tension, and for the harm to civilians.”
In other interviews with foreign media Sunday, Netanyahu stressed that Operation Protective Edge would continue for as long as necessary. “After we ensure long-term quiet we will work with the international community to ensure the future of Gaza,” Netanyahu added.
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