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Israel PM says 'very strong' world support for Gaza assault
Published Sunday 20/07/2014 (updated) 22/07/2014 09:12
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Israeli Merkava tanks roll at an army deployment near Israel's border
with the Gaza Strip on July 20, 2014 (AFP Jack Guez)
JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday there was "very strong" international support for the military's ongoing operation in Gaza that has killed more than 430 Palestinians in 13 days.

"We are carrying out a complex, deep, intensive activity inside the Gaza Strip and there is world support for this ... very strong support within the international community for the activity that the IDF is doing," he said at a press conference in the defence ministry in Tel Aviv.

Netanyahu has said Israel won "international legitimacy" for its military operation in Gaza after it accepted an Egyptian truce proposal on July 15 which was shunned by Hamas.

"As a democratic state, Israel is using the legitimate tools of self-defense to try and harm those who are firing rockets at us. I think this distinction is clear to most world leaders," he said.

Israel's right to self-defense in the face of militant rocket fire from Gaza has won repeated broad support from Washington although it has raised concerns about the rising number of civilian deaths.

Earlier on Sunday, US Secretary of State John Kerry blamed Hamas for perpetuating the bloody conflict in Gaza by "stubbornly" refusing all ceasefire efforts.

By its behavior, Hamas had "invited further actions" by Israel, he said, demanding the movement take responsibility for the consequences of its actions.

Although Netanyahu said the military's ground campaign would expand as much as necessary to destroy a network of cross-border tunnels used by militants to stage attacks inside Israel, Defense Minister Moshe Yaalon suggested it could be over within days.

"My assessment is that in another two or three days, the lion's share of the tunnels, from our perspective, will be destroyed," he said at the same press conference.
1 ) Mel / USA
20/07/2014 21:53
Jeeez! That scumbag is SO full of bovine excrement! His definition of "international support" being USG & its increasingly FEW vassal states. Sorry Bibi but you ain't 'King' yet. And this is NOT Planet America Inc.
DREAM ON dude with your delusions.
The higher you float on your supremacist dreams,built on the nightmares of MILLIONS of innocents,the harder you crash & burn when paradigms shift(as they always do).Didn't Nazism teach you that Bozo Bibi? Bub-Bye!

2 ) Mohamed / S africa
20/07/2014 22:40
Allah will punish the oppressors

3 ) Abdul / India
20/07/2014 22:43
World community is opposing this massacre .U are a occupier of palestine land.

4 ) Maisie / UK
20/07/2014 23:57
Dream on, Bibi. The international support is for the Palestinians; witness the demonstrations around the world. All the hasbaraniks and Israel lobby puppet/ politicians cannot cover the putrid odour of what you are doing.

5 ) Hylton Fernandes / Quebec, Canada
21/07/2014 01:21
Obviously, Natanyahu is under an illusion, who is the International Community he is talking about? The majority of the world condemns Israel's aggression. Hamas, has every right to ignore the Egyptian peace initiative, because nothing will change and it would be the same old, same old situation, where the Palestinian population will be again subjected to no freedom of movement and confined to a prison camp while the Zionist steal their lands and continue to slaughter the Men, Women & Children.

6 ) shirley / australia
21/07/2014 03:38
the only support this mass murderer has is bought with rothschild kazar money all shills and us imperalist stooges white kaffr racists even putin practiced freemasnary look to china this is about tearing china apart over tibet do not look to support russia eu us clearly voted no for pal state when was gallillee ever part of old isreal never but rothschilds bones buried there may god toss these bones out to sea and all netanyahous kazar jew war criminal army crushed

7 ) Robert / US
21/07/2014 05:22
Killing children and women is what the bolshevics did in Russia to Christians , no different here.

8 ) Netanyahu the Mad / Ohio
21/07/2014 08:48
Psychotic Netanyahu must have finally succumb to schizophrenia and blindness why else would he make ridiculous statements. Final signs of complete madness, if that were not the case fool you would realise that the whole world is against Israel's massacre and genocide in Gaza and trust me when I tell you that you are taking Israel down a dark downward spiral and the holocaust you are causing in Gaza is price you will not be willing to pay!

9 ) lone swan / us
21/07/2014 11:23
yes strong voice in opposing israel action in gaza

10 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
21/07/2014 13:27
Netanyahu lives in one world. There are others.

11 ) Brian Cohen / Israel
21/07/2014 15:15
Doesn't get worse for Hamas than this: http://www.un.org/sg/statements/index.asp?nid=7856 Ban Ki-Moon says "Hamas' indiscriminate firing of rockets against Israeli civilian targets is a violation of international law." Then he says: “Today, we face the risk of an all-out escalation in Israel and Gaza, with the threat of a ground offensive still palpable – and preventable only if Hamas stops rocket firing.” http://www.un.org/apps/news/story.asp?NewsID=48242#.U80Dyef59IE They didn't. Gazans die.
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