PM Netanyahu tell world: ‘We use missiles to defend people while Hamas uses people to defend missiles’ (video)By Mason White 3:47 PM July 14, 2014
|Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu|
By: Aryeh Savir
(Scroll down for video) Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made clear the difference between the Israelis and the Palestinian in the Gaza Strip, the Tazpit News Agency reported.
Netanyahu was interviewed Sunday, on Face the Nation and Sunday.
Netanyahu’s primary objective was to strengthen the legitimacy of Operation Protective Edge in the international community.
He stressed the difference between the IDF’s actions and Hamas’ targeting of civilians, while using their own civilians as shields and their homes as centers for terror.
“Here’s a difference between us. We’re using missile defense to protect our civilians and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles. That’s basically the difference. They’re embedding these rockets that they’re firing wholesale into our cities, trying to kill as many as they can,” said Netanyahu.
“They’re not succeeding because of two reasons. One is because we’ve developed this incredible missile defense system, which I think is a stark development in the history of defensive warfare, with U.S. help and I want to thank the American people, President Obama, and the U.S. Congress, for helping us fund this amazing development. The other reason we’re succeeding is that we also are targeting the terrorists. The terrorists are firing from homes. These homes are actually command posts of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad army. That’s where they have their secure communications, weapon caches, rockets hidden, maps rooms and so on. These are their command posts. Obviously, we’re not going to give them immunity and so we have to attack them, and we try to minimize civilian casualties.”
A rocket attack occurred during the interview itself. “We’ve just received a quiet alert as we’re giving this interview. What you’re hearing right now is the calm alert. In other words, when we began this interview, we were under bomb alert and as the minutes passed, we are being told that people can go out into the open air again. This is the kind of reality we’re living in, and we’ll do whatever is necessary to put an end to this,” Netanyahu said.
Netanyahu tied the violence in Gaza with the ongoing talks between the West and Iran on their nuclear development project. “This is the same Iran that is arming, financing, training Hamas and Islamic Jihad. This is the preeminent terrorist empire of our time. Not even a terrorist state, it’s a terrorist empire. It has got these terror provinces. You don’t want this Iran to have neither nuclear weapons nor the capability to make nuclear weapons, to enrich uranium for a nuclear bomb in short order, in a few weeks or a few months. They could do that unless that’s changed.”