Prime Minister Benjamin Nethanyahu said Israel “grieves for every non-combatant” killed in the recent fighting with Palestinian militant groups, which have launched thousands of rockets into the Jewish State — but will not allow Hamas “to get away with it.”
Netanyahu, speaking on CBS News’ “Face the Nation,” was asked about the growing death toll of Palestinians and Israelis killed in the escalating violence and about reports that Egypt brokered a truce that he rejected.
“That’s not what I know. And, frankly, if Hamas thought that they could just fire rockets and then sit back and enjoy immunity. That’s false. We are targeting a terrorist organization that is targeting our civilians and hiding behind their civilians, using them as human shields,” he said.
Netanyahu said Israeli forces are taking precautions to hit “the terrorists themselves, their rockets, their rocket caches and their arms, but we’re not going to just let them get away with it.”
He said unlike Hamas, Israel does not target civilians.
“That’s the difference between Israel and Hamas. They deliberately target our cities, deliberately target our civilians. They glorify in the death of children and civilians and old people. They’re happy with it. I think they’re happy with any deaths that are caused to them,” Netanyahu said.
“We grieve for every non-combatant loss in Gaza, and we grieve for all our civilians who die, we don’t, we’re not happy with it. We try to minimize it,” he said.
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