Netanyahu blames Hamas for civilian deaths

Jerusalem - Israel's prime minister has defended the actions of Israel's military in the recent war in the Gaza Strip, saying the heavy civilian casualties were caused by Hamas.

Speaking to international journalists, Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel's intense bombardment of Gaza was a necessary response to Hamas attacks.

"It was justified. It was proportionate," he said.

Nearly 1 900 Palestinians were killed in the fighting, most of them civilians, according to Palestinian medics. Israel says some 900 Palestinian militants were among the dead.

Netanyahu said he regretted "every" civilian death, but that Hamas was responsible because it carried out attacks from civilian areas.

- AP
Hosni Mubar 2014-08-06 11:09:52 PM
Israel should do as much for peace as she does to defend herself. The Palestinians should openly abandon their desire for the destruction of Israel and prevent organizations like Hamas from taking root. Then peace can emerge.
Enig Ma 2014-08-06 11:17:39 PM
The Jewish version of PW Botha attempting to mask his insane killing spree. I am convinced that hamas pulled the triggers, pressed the fire buttons firing the weapons that killed those babies, and instructed depraved conscripts to do the dirty work for them. Yeeeh right war criminal.
Solly Dube 2014-08-07 05:34:23 AM
We are told israel has a right to defend herself. What about palestine's right to defend herself against land thieves?
Shireen Abbas Davids 2014-08-07 06:25:52 AM
Why push blame to other side it is U israel who bomb and shoot and slaughter innocentS with ur extreme force used not against hamaS bt civilian people of palestine ! While one dnt except his wrongS there wud never be any solution to this Genocide u R committing yet I think ur disregard for the innocent children n woman on beaches in hosptitals n UN based safe homes u bomb and keep relentlessly attacking proves ur bloodlust and racist faction Zionist state
Graham Fobian 2014-08-07 06:29:14 AM
I agree with Netanyahu! Everyone forgets the civilian deaths was reported by Palestinian medics "most of them civilians, according to Palestinian medics" propaganda from the Palestinians!
Nicolas Kritzinger 2014-08-07 06:33:22 AM
I agree fully with the Israeli premier!
Garren February 2014-08-07 06:40:29 AM
This war has just bred more hatred. Killing women and children does that!
Nokwanda Matanda 2014-08-07 08:09:20 AM
What justification is there in slaughtering innocent civilians netenyahu?? U must be out of your wits. Your guns and ammunition you got fro usa plus idf did all this. Take it on the chin like a man and stop you blame game nonsense. Your cabinet os to blame. If you leave gaza and opt, all this comes to a stop. That's a simple miracle solution,presto!!
Deon Pretorius 2014-08-07 09:04:31 AM
If someone jumps over your fence and fires at the cops from your property, does that give the cops the right to just open fire and wipe out your family? I know you will say that it is the wrong analogy. Gaza is a small place. Wherever Hamas fires there rockets from is going to be someones property. Dropping ordinance on it is not the correct approach.
Carla Van Tonder 2014-08-07 10:49:16 PM
Please watch 5 broken cameras on YouTube to see what daily life kd like for the Palestinians.