Next Israel govt should destroy Hamas: Lieberman

16 March 2015 Monday

Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Monday that toppling Palestinian faction Hamas – which rules the Gaza Strip – should be the top priority of the next Israeli government.

“Hamas continues to dig tunnels and upgrade rockets because the Israeli leadership is weak,” Lieberman said during a tour of Netiv HaAsara, an Israeli village on the border with the Gaza Strip.

“This is why Israel has to change its way of dealing with this terrorist movement [Hamas],” he added, according to Israel Public Radio.

Lieberman said Israel could only sign an agreement with Hamas to prevent any future military confrontations only when the group’s leaders were eliminated.

Israel last attacked the Gaza Strip in July and August of 2014 for 51 days during which 2,160 Palestinians were killed and 11,000 others injured.

The offensive was launched with the ostensible aim of halting rocket fire from Gaza, which has been suffering an all-out Israeli blockade since 2007.

Source: World Bulletin.


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