Netanyahu: Hamas Is Responsible For Putting Civilians In The Line Of Fire

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is blaming Hamas for the deadly violence in Gaza. He also defended the Israeli military's response to the unrest, saying it didn't go too far. Netanyahu spoke to "CBS Evening News" anchor Jeff Glor in Jerusalem.


BIBI NETANYAHU: They're pushing civilians, women, children, into the line of fire with the view of getting casualties. We try to minimize casualties. They're trying to incur casualties in order to put pressure on Israel, which is horrible.

JEFF GLOR: You said they want kids to die.



NETANYAHU: Yeah.

GLOR: Putting kids in the line of fire.

NETANYAHU: Yes.

GLOR: Did your army go too far?

NETANYAHU: I don't know of any army that would do anything differently if you had to protect your border against people who say they are going to destroy you and flood into your country.

You try other means, you try all sorts of means. You try non-lethal means, and they don't work, so you're left with bad choices. It is a bad deal. You go for below the knee, and sometimes it doesn't work, and unfortunately, these things are avoidable, if Hamas had not pushed them there then nothing would happen, Hamas holds responsibility for doing this.

And they're deliberately doing it.

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