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Friday, November 16, 2012
PM Netanyahu met with President Peres - discussed the ongoing situation in southern Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Shimon Peres at the
President's Residence in Jerusalem; the two discussed the ongoing situation
in southern Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with President Shimon Peres this
morning (Friday, 16 November 2012), at the President's Residence in
Jerusalem to discuss developments in Operation "Pillar of Defense"
http://www.idf.il/1283-17607-EN/Dover.aspx
in southern Israel. During the meeting President Peres and Prime Minister
Netanyahu were updated about rocket fire towards southern and central
Israel.

At the start of the meeting President Peres said to Prime Minister
Netanyahu, "I am very pleased to see you. The operation currently being
undertaken by the IDF and the security services is a justified one, we
cannot abandon women and children to the madness of Hamas which continues to
fire at civilians without reason. Hamas has no reason to fire at Israel's
civilians." President Peres updated the prime minister about his
conversations with world leaders in the last few days and said, "I spoke to
presidents from across the world, including President Obama no-one doubts
the justification of the operation. This is not the launch of a war but a
justified defense of our civilians and the world stands with Israel. Those
who preach to us about morality should offer an alternative way to stop the
rocket fire from Hamas. No country would agree for its children to live in
that intolerable situation."

Prime Minister Netanyahu thanked the president and said that in his
conversations with world leaders he also received support and understanding
for the intolerable situation in which over a million civilians are living
under the threat of rocket fire. Prime Minister Netanyahu added that he
doesn't believe any country would agree to that situation. With respect to
the ongoing operation the prime minister said that the IDF is continuing to
hit Hamas hard and is ready to expand the operation into Gaza. He outlined
that the aim is to take out the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza while doing
everything possible not to harm civilians. Prime Minister Netanyahu
concluded by saying that until now there had been impressive achievements
and that Israel must continue to hit hard the missiles which are intended
for central and southern Israel.

President Peres responded and said, "Our aim is not to start a war and we
are all hopeful that the operation doesn't last a moment longer than
necessary. I offer my full support to the IDF and the Chief of Staff who are
doing everything they can to protect children and to avoid harming
civilians."

President Peres and Prime Minister Netanyahu called upon Israel's citizens
to obey the instructions of the emergency services and Home Front Command to
minimize the risk to human life. President Peres said, "I have the utmost
respect for the wonderful citizens of southern Israel, it is not easy to
live between the sirens and run for the shelters. I join with the prime
minister in his request that everyone listens to and obeys the instructions
of the army and security services."

For additional information:

Ayelet Frish Spokesperson and Media Adviser to the President of Israel,
050-6205111

Yair Zivan International Media Coordinator, Office of the President of
Israel, 052-3450061

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