Netanyahu Blames Hamas for Gaza Deaths

Netanyahu Blames Hamas for Gaza Deaths

In the brief calm of the 72-hour ceasefire, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu addressed the Palestinian casualties in Gaza. โ€œIsrael deeply regrets every civilian casualty, every single one. The people of Gaza are not our enemy,โ€ he said. โ€œOur enemy is Hamas.โ€ He placed the blame on Hamas for using innocent people as human shields as he displayed pictures of the tunnels the militant group used. He defended the attacks on Gaza, citing Hamasโ€™ unrelenting rocket fire on Israel. โ€œLetโ€™s imagine your country attacked by 3,500 rockets. Your territories infiltrated by death squads,โ€ he told reporters. โ€œWhat would you do? What would you demand your government do to protect you and your family?โ€ Nearly 1,900 Palestinians and 67 Israelis were killed in the past four weeks of fighting.

[LAT]