ISRAEL: Operation Protective Edge – Day 3 – PM Benjamin Netanyahu says “further stages ahead in Gaza campaign against Hamas”

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Prime Minister Netanyahu:

Algemeiner  “We are in the third day of Operation Protective Edge. While the campaign has gone as planned further stages yet await us. We have struck hard at Hamas and the terrorists and as long as the campaign continues we will strike at them harder. I would like to thank the IDF, ISA, and the security services for their professional, dedicated and precise actions, and express the appreciation of all Israelis. They are making every effort to avoid hitting civilians and innocents are hit it is because Hamas is maliciously hiding behind Palestinian civilians.

As of now, the IDF, ISA and other security services have successfully foiled many attempted attacks against Israeli citizens but a tough, complex and complicated campaign yet awaits us. Therefore, I call on all Israelis to continue to show the strength that you have shown in these days and hours. This civilian fortitude is a main component of our ability to continue operations until we finish the work of restoring quiet and security to Israel’s cities. The most important thing for us, for all of us, is to guard the lives of all Israelis and we are all working together to this end.”

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Defense Minister Yaalon:

“We are in the midst of Operation Protective Edge. As of now, we have hit Hamas and the other terrorist organizations in the Gaza Strip very hard. Hundreds of targets have been destroyed including the homes of militants, government institutions, launchers, rockets and other war materiel. Dozens of terrorists have been killed and we are continuing to strike at Hamas and make it pay a heavy price for everything it has done in recent days.

U.S. Senators Chuck Schumer (D-New York), Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey) and Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire) today introduced a resolution expressing “support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization.” According to a joint statement:

The resolution:

  • Reaffirms the United States’ support for Israel’s right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel;
  • Condemns the unprovoked rocket fire at Israel;
  • Calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel; and
  • Calls on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the unity governing arrangement with Hamas and condemn the attacks on Israel.

“Israel is entitled to take the steps necessary to protect itself from destructive rocket attacks from Hamas, that are aimed at all Israeli civilians,” said Senator Schumer.  “This resolution supports Israel as it defends itself in a manner that values the safety of Palestinian civilians, even as its own civilians face indiscriminate attacks from terrorists. It is time for Mahmoud Abbas to do the right thing and break ties with Hamas.”

“The State of Israel is under siege on multiple fronts,” said Senator Lindsey Graham.  “Hamas is a terrorist organization that has fired hundreds of rockets at the State of Israel. This is truly an act of terrorism that needs to be condemned. I believe the Senate will speak with one voice in condemning the actions of the terrorist organization Hamas and standing by America’s best friend in the region, the State of Israel.  There is no moral equivalency between the self-defense actions of Israel and the barbaric actions of Hamas.”

“Israel has a right to self-defense in the face of indiscriminate violence and vicious attacks against civilian populations,” said Senator Robert Menendez. “It is an appalling but often-used tactic by Hamas to launch rockets indiscriminately at Israeli population centers.  Nobody should be surprised that a terrorist organization is once again resorting to terror to harm innocent Israelis, and exposing Palestinian civilians to danger while doing so. Hamas is a terrorist organization that rejects a two-state solution and celebrates the kidnapping and murder of innocent civilians; it cannot be a partner in a Palestinian unity government.”

“Israel is our closest and most reliable ally in the Middle East, and we stand with Israel and their right to defend themselves against terrorist organizations that deliberately target civilians,” said Senator Ayotte.

This is what daily life is like in Israel when you have neighbors like Hamas: 

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