Netanyahu: Israel has nothing against Gazans

Washington - Israel has "nothing against the people of Gaza" and wants to help them deal with the "tyranny" of Hamas rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Fox News on Thursday.

"I'm not sure the battle is over," he told the cable network's Hannity programme, a month after the start of the Israel offensive that has claimed nearly 2 000 mostly Palestinian lives.

"I think we've degraded their (Hamas) capabilities significantly," he said, adding there may still remain tunnels dug by Hamas under the Gaza-Israel border that have yet to be found.

'Terror tyranny'

"It really depends on whether they want to continue this battle. I think we have to find a peaceful solution, if we can," he added.

He added: "We have nothing against the people of Gaza. In fact, we want to help the people of Gaza who are suffering under this terror tyranny."

On the high number of Palestinian civilian casualties that has provoked international condemnation, Netanyahu described such deaths as inevitable in the heat of battle.

"Those casualties are cruel, but they're unintentional," he said.

"Israel acts that way. It attacks combatants and accidentally kills non-combatants - but in the case of the terrorists, it's the exact opposite."

Terrorist danger

Netanyahu also warned Americans that "the greatest danger we face" is terrorist groups or nations, backed by Iran, equipped with nuclear-tipped rockets and missiles.

"Look at the danger we face when they have rockets and missiles," he said.

"Now, imagine what kind of danger we'd have if they could put a nuclear warhead on top of these missiles. That's the danger that is coming from Iran."

Raymon McNelly 2014-08-08 07:21:52 AM
It's just a shame that the Gazans have the destruction of Israel as its belief systems core.
Enig Ma 2014-08-08 07:21:59 AM
Israel has nothing against the people og Gaza, its just that they do not like babies I guess.
Pat Aldrich 2014-08-08 07:25:26 AM
Militants hiding in civilian territory. How do you justify that
rorypreddy 2014-08-08 07:25:58 AM
Bomb hamas like ISIS
Redphi 2014-08-08 07:33:13 AM
Dumb races think others are dumber than them ,and will believe anything,the Zionist should crawl back behind the toilet
Christopher Mellor 2014-08-08 07:33:42 AM
That's a bit rich. Hamas was elected free and fairly, you will remember and if you profess to have nothing against Gazans, why not stop killing innocent women and children and give back the land that you stole from them.
Nkululeko Page Ngwenya 2014-08-08 07:34:11 AM
You can't go "Oops!" after well over a thousand deaths of women and children .. you wanna help them? Give them back their land!
Victor Fedrick 2014-08-08 07:38:24 AM
Benjamin try and follow the part of peace,wars and fight do not resolve issues,God bless isreal God bless the world.
Fact Chitanda 2014-08-08 07:44:33 AM
Boy I really hate this guy!
Rajen Kuni 2014-08-08 07:48:31 AM
Hamas has majority support in Palestine and is the legitimate representatives of the people it is called DEMOCRACY, something Israel does not believe in.