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Monday, November 12, 2012
PM Netanyahu Remarks to Foreign Ambassadors in Ashkelon (Gaza situation)

PM Netanyahu's Remarks to Foreign Ambassadors in Ashkelon
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, this afternoon (Monday, 12 November
2012), made the following remarks at a meeting in Ashkelon with the foreign
ambassadors stationed in Israel:

"If an alarm is sounded, all of us have exactly 30 seconds to find shelter.
This is the situation
http://www.idf.il/1283-17526-EN/Dover.aspx
in which one million Israelis find themselves in. Thatís families, old
people, children, babies Ė Including like the children who stand here.

A million Israelis, including many little children, like the ones here, are
targeted on a daily basis, by people who took areas that we vacated, that
the Government of Israel vacated, came in there, and are now hiding behind
civilians, while firing on civilians, firing on our children. A million
IsraelisÖ

I donít know of any of your governments who could accept such a thing. I donít
know of any of the citizens of your cities, who could find that acceptable
and something that could proceed on a normal basis. I think the whole world
understands that this is not acceptable. Itís something that the people of
Israel canít accept and itís something that I, as the Prime Minister of
Israel, I cannot accept it.

So weíre going to fight for the rights of our people to defend themselves.
Weíll take whatever action is necessary to put a stop to this. This is not
merely our right, itís also our duty, and itís something that I think is
understood not only by you, who are here in Ashkelon today, but by any
fair-minded person in any fair-minded government in the world they would
understand that itís our right to defend our people, and this is what we
shall do."

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