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Wednesday, November 14, 2012
Statement by PM Netanyahu on Operation Pillar of Defense to Israeli Public

Statement by PM Netanyahu
(Communicated by the Prime Minister's Media Adviser)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu today (Wednesday, 14 November 2012), made
the following statement:

"Citizens of Israel,

I want to praise the IDF soldiers and commanders, led by Chief of Staff,
Lieutenant General Benny Gantz , who is commanding the operation as we
speak. I want to note the Israel Security Agency, headed by Director Yoram
Cohen, for their vital part in the operational accomplishments that we have
already achieved. I thank the citizens of Israel for their unwavering
support of this operation. I thank the residents of southern Israel who are
at the front, and exhibit strength and restraint.

Hamas and the terror organizations decided to escalate their attacks on the
citizens of Israel over the last few days. We will not accept a situation in
which Israeli citizens are threatened by the terror of rockets. No country
would accept this, Israel will not accept it.

Today, we hit Hamas strategic targets precisely. We have significantly
debilitated their ability to launch rockets from Gaza to the center of
Israel, and we are now working to disable their ability to launch rockets
towards the south. The terrorist organizations Hamas, Islamic Jihad and
others are deliberately harming our citizens, while intentionally hiding
behind their citizens. On the other hand, we avoid harming civilians as much
as possible and that is one fundamental difference between us. It also
indicates the big difference between our objectives, and not only in our
methods. They want to obliterate us from the face of the earth and they have
no qualms about hurting civilians and innocents.

Today, we sent an unequivocal message to Hamas and the other terror
organizations, and if need be the IDF is prepared to expand the operation.
We will continue to do everything necessary to defend our citizens."

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