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Netanyahu Accuses Hamas of Calling for Israel’s ‘Destruction’

Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, December 9, 2012.
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (C) attends the weekly cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, December 9, 2012.
Robert Berger
Last month’s deadly conflict between Israel and Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip may be over, but the war of words continues.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu blasted the Islamic militant group Hamas, accusing its leader of calling for Israel's destruction at a mass rally Saturday in Gaza.

Speaking at the weekly Cabinet meeting in Jerusalem, Netanyahu said Israel's Palestinian enemies have proven once again that they are not interested in compromise.

He was referring to comments by Hamas leader Khaled Meshaal, who returned to Gaza on Friday after 45 years of exile. At a rally marking the 25th anniversary of the founding of Hamas, Meshaal vowed Hamas would fight until all of Palestine, including the territory of the State of Israel, is liberated from the Jews.

He reiterated this position at speech Sunday in Gaza. There will be “no concessions on a single inch of Palestine,” he declared. He said armed struggle would continue until the liberation of Jerusalem.

Last month, Israel and Hamas fought a deadly border conflict. Israel pounded Gaza with air strikes and Hamas fired hundreds of rockets at Israeli cities and towns.

Prime Minister Netanyahu said Hamas is harming international efforts to create a Palestinian state in the West Bank and Gaza.

He said Israel wants peace, but that is impossible with enemies like Hamas who seek to destroy it.

Israel pulled out of Gaza in 2006, and a year later Hamas seized control of the territory, ousting the rival and more moderate Palestinian Authority headed by President Mahmoud Abbas. Today, Abbas rules the West Bank and seeks a negotiated peace with Israel based on a two-state solution.

But Netanyahu is skeptical. He said Gaza became a terror base for Hamas after the Israeli pullout, and he promised that Israel would not make the same mistake in the West Bank.

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by: Anonymous
December 10, 2012 12:41 PM
Ive got friends on both sides of the fence. My palestinian friends family lost their property to the Israelis many many years ago. For Jews that went through hell during world war 2, I wonder what the hell are they thinking? You would think they would know what respect is. I have never had anything against Israel, until I learned more about what they did and what they've been doing for 50 years, totally disgusting and somewhat racist. For the past 20 years they've been harassing the Palestinians , buldozing their homes, killing them , and more. I know I know Palestinians haven't been good either, but come on, quit picking on Palestinans Israel!!! Quit making them out to be the worst people of the world. Palestine should do the same but Israel has made the Palestinans hate them so much, the hatred has been passed on over the years through generations. It's time you both shook hands and began helping one another. At the same time arrest terrorists, don't send in war planes to take out a building a terrorist is living in killing many others. Respect humanity, respect others, as if they were your own family.

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by: Redcliff from: Aus
December 10, 2012 7:27 PM
@ Anonymous

Well said and I totally agree with you but the only question is how could we get the two parties to implement what you have suggested given the hatred run deep between them and as for
the UN and its Security members they have failed them miserably.


by: Sunny Enwerem from: Lagos Abeokuta Nigeria
December 10, 2012 2:29 AM
If the Hamas exiled leader is calling for distraction and not peace then his fate will be the same as those before him,only a wise leader will think of ways of moving forward and learn from the ever fading past,if any body calls for ur distraction it is very wise u distroy them first and fast.

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by: Sunny Enwerem from: Lagos Abeokuta Nigeria
December 11, 2012 10:40 AM
Its time to move forward by all means,y let the past forge ur future in this on certain would?

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by: musawi melake from: -
December 11, 2012 5:34 AM
Ther's no need for Israel to exist as long as it tries to create problems for the original inhabitants of the land by keeping them as refugees for generations, and even after a world endorsement of statehood for that People, they simply stand in the way using the position of Power aquired by legitimate and evil means.Even by Biblical statements, the land the Jews have occupied doesn't blong to them, but to the Palestinians(Philistine). Us and others may support them simply because they themselves live on other peoples' land aquired With evil means.


by: bob from: australia
December 09, 2012 10:27 PM
If Netanyahoo wanted peace and compromise why is Israel continuing to build ILLEGAL settlements? Seems a bit two faced to me...

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by: Swami
December 11, 2012 7:50 AM
Houses can be negotiated away Bob. Death can't.
And Israel already gave property to Palestinians, when they withdrew from Gaza. The Palestinians destroyed it.

Genocide is the only goal of the Gazans now. It is all they want. Until they change that, there is nothing that can be done for them.


by: Edward Kesler from: Indiana, USA
December 09, 2012 5:45 PM
When the Battle is between Savagery and Civilized Man, We must support the Civilized Man. Say no to Hamas and all jihadis.


by: Seth_DeKooters from: Hartford, CT
December 09, 2012 5:39 PM
Doesn't it seem that Netanyahu's nose keeps growing bigger - like Pinnochio's?

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by: Mkish Larda from: Sohill Matra
December 09, 2012 9:35 PM
yeah... Seth.... you sounds just like an "american"....!!! more like an Iranian imposter....


by: jkf from: Otawa, Canada
December 09, 2012 4:53 PM
Well the PM of Israel, is correct; the Gaza terrorist leader did call for war and no room for dialogue... If the PM of Israel, had made the same address, the many anti-Israel/anti-Jewish leaders in the EU would have immediately called the Israeli ambassador, into their offices, and would have made it clear that they could not go along with such statements; and would have verbally attacked the PM of Isr and made it well known through the media how they have abused/bashed the PM of Israel and its people. The UN's Moon, would do the same.
Not one main EU head has made any noise about the hateful anti-Isr discourse in Gaza by the terrorist leadership? As usual, and it has been throughout history (progroms/Holocaust/...), attacking the Jews, even now in some of their cities in Europe, it is not an issue for the main EU heads. 1000's of rockets are directed against Isr civilian targets from Gaza, for weeks, not a pip from most of the EU heads. When Jews try to defend themselves, then it is the main EU heads big issue to bash Israel. What two faced bad people these many (not all) EU heads are ...... Some even say they are friends of Israel???? but, in my view, like nothing better than to bash Israel to cater to their fringe groups at home.

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