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March 13, 2014 9:28 am

Netanyahu Blasts Abbas for Silence on Gaza Rocket Onslaught, Condemnation of Israel’s Response

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Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and British Prime Minister David Cameron. Photo: Twitter.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday slammed Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas for failing to condemn rocket attacks on Israel, some 64 hitting the Jewish state in the past 24 hours, even while criticizing Israel for responding.

While touring the Teva pharmaceutical plant in Jerusalem’s Har Hotzvim industrial zone with the British prime minister, Netanyahu said, “At a time when the Teva plant in Ashdod is producing medicines that will be delivered to Gaza, they are firing rockets from there at innocent Israelis. So how can anybody not condemn the firing of these missiles deliberately at civilians?”

He told Cameron: “Well, you’re going see President Abbas soon, only a few minutes away, and unfortunately he didn’t condemn the rocketing of our civilians. He condemned the fact that Israel interdicted and hit the three terrorists who fired mortars on us. That he did condemn. And that’s wrong.”

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“I say we want to move to a genuine peace. To move to a genuine peace, we have to be very clear on our condemnation of terror and our support for the right to defend ourselves against terror. That is a crucial component of peace,” Netanyahu said.

“Our policy in the south is clear,” he said. “We will strike at anyone who tries to attack us and will respond very forcefully to any attack. I would like to make it clear that whoever tries to attack our Purim celebrations – we will hit them strongly.”

“We did not achieve the greatest quiet in the south in recent years for nothing; this is our policy,” Netanyahu said. “It would be worthwhile for terrorists in the Gaza Strip to start internalizing the fact that they have an issue here with a very determined government and a very strong military.”

Earlier, Netanyahu held a security consultation by telephone with Defense Minister Moshe Ya’alon, Israel Defense Force Deputy Chief-of-Staff Maj.-Gen. Gadi Eisenkot and Israel Security Agency Director Yoram Cohen. The Prime Minister directed all necessary action be taken in order to restore quiet in the south, his office said in a statement.

At the start of his press conference with Cameron, Netanyahu said: “The IDF is responding forcefully to the firing against the citizens of Israel by the Islamic Jihad in the Gaza Strip. If there is no calm in the south, there will be no calm in Gaza, and that’s putting it mildly. I call upon the residents of the south to follow the instructions. The IDF will do the job.”

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  • IF YOU DONT DESTROY THEM NOW THERE’S A CHANCE THEY’LL HIT YOUR CITIES & KILL ALOT OF ISRAELIS.SO DONT WAIT DESTROY THE WHOLE GAZA,& IF PROBLEMS CONTINUE DO THE SAME IN THE WEAT BANK.THEN MOVE ON TO SINAI.LET THE ENEMY KNOW YOU MEAN BUSINESS.LET THE OTHER NEIGHBORS KNOW IF THEY ATTACK YOU,YOU WILL TAKE THEIR COUNTRY,FOLLOW PUTINS WAY AMEN.G

  • Luigi Rosolin (@LuigiBelmont)

    Palestinian’s “authority” are obviously not interest to stop their people’s that are indoctrinate by them from birth to hate and destroy Jews and all other who are not believe in Muslim cult. Israel problem is caused by the incapacity of western’s “Christian’s” nation who are deliberately refuse to see the Islamic-Muslim as a cult that negate the human right to any body else and pursue terror and wars to impose their religion and way of life.Israel only option is God help and elimination of the enemy. God at the end will cast the devil in the lake of fire. Why? He does not change.

  • EL.a.IM

    Israel has an obligation to protect it self. But no right to go to war behind their borders. Bomb them back to the stone age who are attacking you. Just who are launching the rockets. But no more. That is how it is written. Anything else is just FCK:n things up. Again. You have centuries of data in the Tanakh. Use it. Don`t FCK it up again. Please 🙂

    Shalom. If possible.

  • Nurit G

    Abbas glees seeing the rockets fired at Israel. The terrorists in Gaza are doing the job he would like to do too/

  • Martin Bookspan

    Bravo, Yussi! Bibi, are you listening?

  • Richard

    Almost a pointed gesture of hostility against the gentle hasedem in the wake of the debate against conscription. Perhaps they should show them?

  • R

    The Arabs have no genuine leadership of their own: only a few non-leaders who preach “Death to the Jews” and then sit back while their poor, befuddled people rise up against a non-enemy because their “leaders” send them to die – in the act of killing neighbors who are innocent of wrong-doing against them.

    The ISRAELI Arabs who live IN the State of Israel are better off economically, in their homes, education, justice system and their way of life. WHY ELSE ARE THEY THERE? THKEY HAVE CHOSEN TO LIVE IN A JEWISH STATE, ALONGSIDE JEWS, IN SCHOL SYSTEMS RUN BY JEWS, IN A SOCIAL SYSTEM A JUSTICE SYSTEM, A HEALTH SYSTEM, AND BUSINESS AND ECONOMIC SYSTEM, ALL OF THEM DIRECTED BY AND OPERATED BY THE JEWS THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO HATE. – BUT DON’T. No one frces these Arab citizens of a Jewish state to live there.

    They must know something that other Arabs do not know!

  • yussi

    Liebman has declared what must be done if rockets continue to be fired on Israeli citizens. Forget these meaningless “peace Talks” and retake Gaza..That is the only language they understand,Abbas included..OR just bomb them into oblivion..They want NO ISRAEL and no Jews and openly proclaim it so why is it so difficult for everyone to understand???(are you listening Sec Kerry?)

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