“We’re using missile defence to protect our civilians and they’re using their civilians to protect their missiles. That’s basically the difference between us,” said Israeli Prime Minister in an interview with Brit Hume from Fox News on Sunday on ‘Operation Protective Edge’ against Hamas.
“Our mission is to restore a sustainable quiet, a sustainable security to our people by seriously degrading Hamas and other terrorist groups’ capabilities in Gaza. I think we’re proceeding and we’ll continue until that goal is achieved,” he insisted.
“They’re embedding these rockets that they’re firing wholesale into our cities, terrorist rocketing, trying to kill as many as they can.”
“The important thing to understand is that we can’t enable our population to be under permanent rocket fire. I just want your viewers to imagine the United States being bombarded not in one cit or two cities, but in every city between New York and Colorado. Maybe 20 percent of the United States would be exempt from this, 80 percent of your citizens would have to be in bomb shelters or ready to go into bomb shelters within a minute to minute and a half max,” he said.
Netanyahu says Hamas is not succeeding because of two reasons. “One is because we’ve developed this incredible missile defence system, which I think is a stark development in the history of defensive warfare, with US help and I want to thank the American people, President Obama, the US Congress, for helping us fund this amazing development.”
“But the other reason we’re succeeding – you have to understand some of the rockets do pierce through this shield and the reason we’re succeeding is also because we’re targeting the rocketeers. The rocketeers are firing from homes. These homes are actually command posts of the Hamas and Islamic Jihad army. That’s where they have their secure communications, weapon caches, rockets hidden, maps rooms and so on. These are their command posts. Obviously, we’re not going to give them immunity and so we have to attack them and we try to minimize as we can civilian casualties.”