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November 22, 2012 10:59 am

Bibi: Terror Groups ‘Wrongly Assumed’ That Israel Would Not Respond

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Just before the cease-fire agreement that ended eight days of intense fighting between Israel and Hamas went into effect, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told a press conference Wednesday, “The government decided to launch [Operation Pillar of Defense] in light of terror attacks from Gaza, which were escalating in intensity and frequency over recent months.”

“I warned that we would respond harshly to these attacks when we chose to. I warned that we would exact a heavy price. The terror organizations assumed that we would not retaliate. They assumed wrong,” Netanyahu said. “We enacted military force in keeping with diplomatic considerations. After a conversation with [U.S. President] Barack Obama I agreed that it would be wise to give a cease-fire a chance.”

Netanyahu was explaining his decision to refrain from launching a ground invasion in Gaza. Thousands of IDF reservists were called up in the last week in preparation for such an invasion, but if the cease-fire continues to hold, the reservists will be sent home without having entered the Strip.

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The prime minister was speaking to the press at the Prime Minister’s Office, accompanied by Defense Minister Ehud Barak and Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman.

“We hit the top commanders of the terror organizations. We annihilated thousands of rockets aimed at [Israel’s] south and most of the rockets aimed at the center. We destroyed Hamas command centers. All of this was carried out with the full support of leaders in the international community,” Netanyahu said.

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  • PIM MEIBOSCH

    EVER HEARD OF ”SARCASM”

  • Jill Skriver

    Israel should not stop responding if Hamas hasn’t stopped. I don’t know of any other Country that would tolerate being attacked like Israel has been. Pim asked WHO WERE THEY FIGHTING? Cmon, what an ridiculous question Israel returned Gaza in Aug. 2005 and was rewarded with over 12,500 rockets and missiles, and 140 suicide bombers. Maybe that’s why?

  • PIM MEIBOSCH

    HAMAS CLAIMS VICTORY.
    BIBI CLAIMS VICTORY.
    WHO WERE THEY FIGHTING ?
    WE SHOULD ASK DON QUIXOTE.

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