Netanyahu: Israel has nothing against Gazans
08 August 2014, 10:21
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.
"It really depends on whether they want to continue
this battle. I think we have to find a peaceful solution, if we can," he
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
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
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."