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Netanyahu: Israel 'will not negotiate under fire'
Published Sunday 10/08/2014 (updated) 12/08/2014 11:43
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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press
conference on August 2, 2014 (AFP Gali Tibbon)
TEL AVIV (AFP) -- Israel will not return to talks to end the conflict in Gaza while Palestinian militants continue cross-border rocket attacks, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday.

"Israel will not engage in negotiations under fire, and will continue to act in every way to change the current reality and to bring quiet to all of its citizens," he told a cabinet meeting at the defense ministry in Tel Aviv, his office said.

His remarks came as Palestinian negotiators in Cairo threatened to abandon efforts to broker an end to more than a month of bloodshed in Gaza if Israel did not send a team to join the talks by 4:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Israel pulled its team out of the Cairo talks on Friday after it accused Hamas of breaching a three-day ceasefire and rocket fire on southern Israel resumed.

Netanyahu said there was no end in sight to the Israeli operation, which began with an air campaign on July 8.

A ground assault launched on July 17 ended when troops pulled out last Tuesday.

Israel has retained forces along the Gaza border and carried out scores of air strikes over targets in the Gaza Strip since the 72-hour truce expired on Friday morning.

"Operation Protective Edge is continuing, at no stage did we say it was over. The operation will continue until we achieve our objectives - the return of quiet for a prolonged period," Netanyahu said.

"It will take time and we need patience," he said.

Ahead of the cabinet meeting, two hardline ministers called for troops to go back in to Gaza and topple Hamas, the de-facto power in the battered Palestinian enclave.

"This situation cannot continue," Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman told reporters.

"There is no doubt that the only thing left to do now is to overpower Hamas, clean out the territory and get out as quickly as possible."

Interior Minister Gideon Saar agreed.

"What we must do is break the military power of Hamas in Gaza," he said, without elaborating.
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1 ) Carol Scheller / Switzerland
10/08/2014 13:52
Everything the Israeli army is doing (including the latest murder of a 12-year-old in the West Bank) will guarantee no quiet to the citizens of Israel. The government needs to listen to the voices of civil society in Israel calling for an end to the massacres in Gaza and an immediate end to the siege on Gaza. It would be a relief to many a soldier torn between his duty and his conscience.

2 ) JoeFattal / USA
10/08/2014 15:52
Mr. Netanyahu if you want to finish your job put boots on the ground and go after Hamas and their rocket launchers and stop yacking over it. Airstrikes wont accomplish nothing.

3 ) Noah Smejkal / USA
10/08/2014 16:18
Ya, Sure, Like Israel Isn't Firing At Everything In Gaza.

4 ) Mel / USA
10/08/2014 18:04
What psycho-Yahu means, is that Zionist-led Israel has NO INTENTION of mutal,equitable peace,or honoring INTERNATIONAL LAWS(under USG immunity),or laying down 80yrs of Zionist/Israeli "Jewish(white-preferably)only"OFFENSE & ATTACKS on POW's,while the aim of the Zionist Charter is to ETHNICALLY CLEANSE,if not exterminate,all non-Jews in Palestine,at least.As long as USG is happy with that maintains patronage.Would you expect Hitler to make peace with non-Aryans? No! And Bibi is a Judeo-Nazi!

5 ) Henri / Guyana
10/08/2014 19:02
carine /UK here is the link that you requested. You will be reassured to know that the armaments found in the UN school, were returned to the Hamas terrorists by the predominately Islamic Palestinian UNWRA local staffers. http://www.outlookindia.com/news/article/Gaza-UN-Chief-Outraged-at-Weapons-Found-in-UN-School/851276

6 ) thats / all
10/08/2014 20:54
308

7 ) Its true / Netanyahu
10/08/2014 21:30
Your mother negotiated under fire when she was a hooker in tel aviv. By the way, ever figure out which of the 10,000 men your father is?

8 ) Terry / Sweden
11/08/2014 17:56
What does NuttyYahoo's psychiatrist say? Is he also a Zionist?

9 ) Terry / Sweden
11/08/2014 18:38
NuttyYahoo and his Likud party does not want a two state solution anyway. It is clear by reading their political platform. Negotiations are a cover for stealing more land in the West Bank and continuing to terrorize the Gaza population, hoping that they will give up and leave. Knesset deputy speaker Moshe Feiglin, also of Likud also, recently made a statement about expulsion of the Gaza population and the setting up of temporary concentration camps. This is a war crime of magnitude.

10 ) Red lights the way / Israel
11/08/2014 22:52
#7 Wow!!
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