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Prime Minister Netanyahu Makes a Statement to the Nation

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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday made the following statement:

“Citizens of Israel,

I want to praise the IDF soldiers and commanders, led by Chief of Staff, Lieutenant General Benny Gantz , who is commanding the operation as we speak. I want to recognize the Israel Security Agency, headed by Director Yoram Cohen, for their vital part in the operational accomplishments that we have already achieved. I thank the citizens of Israel for their unwavering support of this operation. I thank the residents of southern Israel who are at the front, and exhibit strength and restraint.

Hamas and the terror organizations decided to escalate their attacks on the citizens of Israel over the last few days. We will not accept a situation in which Israeli citizens are threatened by the terror of rockets. No country would accept this, Israel will not accept it.

Today, we hit Hamas strategic targets precisely. We have significantly debilitated their ability to launch rockets from Gaza to the center of Israel, and we are now working to disable their ability to launch rockets towards the south. The terrorist organizations – Hamas, Islamic Jihad and others – are deliberately harming our citizens, while intentionally hiding behind their citizens. On the other hand, we avoid harming civilians as much as possible and that is one fundamental difference between us. It also indicates the big difference between our objectives, and not only in our methods. They want to obliterate us from the face of the earth and they have no qualms about hurting civilians and innocents.

Today, we sent an unequivocal message to Hamas and the other terror organizations, and if need be the IDF is prepared to expand the operation. We will continue to do everything necessary to defend our citizens.”

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About the Author: Malkah Fleisher is a graduate of Cardozo Law School in New York City. She is an editor/staff writer at JewishPress.com and co-hosts a weekly Israeli FM radio show. Malkah lives with her husband and two children on the Mount of Olives in Jerusalem.


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9 Responses to “Prime Minister Netanyahu Makes a Statement to the Nation”

  1. Michael Owens says:

    Hamas and all his thugs need to be removed form Gaza.

  2. I guess we're so busy freaking out about yet another high ranking public official's inability to keep his pants zipped that our news media has no time to publish stories like this. Hmmm?

  3. Mark L. Shane says:

    "we will not accept" says the NET..What does he call all the rockets til the point when we do not accept? Fluff?

  4. Su Convy says:

    He who watches over Israel does not sleep. He is your defender, your rock and shield. May He continue to give courage and inspiration to the leaders and the people of Israel.

  5. Joss Cole says:

    Praying for appropriate negotiations for sensible, sincere unities in Israel/Gaza/Palestine & for ongoing sensible constructive, productive & praise-worthy blessings. Amen

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