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Benjamin Netanyahu: Israel can lose on PR but not security


WASHINGTON (AP) - Every Palestinian civilian's death costs Israel in its fight for world opinion, but the Jewish state must not cede its security for the sake of public relations, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said as he pressed his nation's case on America's Sunday news programs.

In a phone call later Sunday, President Barack Obama told Netanyahu the United States is growing more concerned about the rising Palestinian death toll and the worsening humanitarian conditions in Gaza. The White House said Obama reiterated that Israel has a right to defend itself and condemned Hamas rocket attacks that have killed Israelis, but pushed for an immediate cease-fire.

Making his case to an American audience, Netanyahu said Palestinians are trying to shape global opinion with images of piled-up, slain civilians.

"We're telling the civilians to leave, Hamas is telling them to stay," Netanyahu said in satellite interviews from Israel. "Why is it telling them to stay? Because it wants to pile up their own dead bodies."

He added, "They not only want to kill our people, they want to sacrifice their own people."

A Palestinian official countered that Israel's actions are unjustified.

"The Israeli aggression on Gaza does not bring peace to Israel," said Mohammad Shtayyeh, minister of the Palestinian Economic Council for Research and Development.

The 20-day war has killed more than 1,030 Palestinians, mainly civilians, according to Palestinian health officials. Israel has lost more than 40 soldiers, while two Israeli civilians and a Thai worker in Israel were killed by rocket and mortar attacks from Gaza.

The White House said Obama told Netanyahu that the United States is committed to Israel's security, but civilians must be protected and Gaza's humanitarian crisis must be addressed. Obama said a sustainable cease-fire must be negotiated to allow Palestinian civilians in Gaza to return to normal lives.

Netanyahu said his nation's efforts to secure itself will not yield despite growing concern about deaths at the hands of Israeli forces. He insisted Israel is not targeting civilians but showed little willingness to ease its military actions against the Islamic militant group Hamas.

"Hamas is a terror organization that is committed to our destruction," Netanyahu said.

Hamas on Sunday said it would observe a 24-hour truce even as Palestinian militants fired rockets deep into Israel, prompting it to resume an offensive aimed at destroying rocket launchers and cross-border attack tunnels used by the anti-Israel bloc.

"Israel is not obliged and is not going to let a terrorist organization determine when it's convenient for them to fire at our cities, at our people," Netanyahu said.

Palestinians said Israeli aggression has consequences.

"Israel has to accommodate the Palestinian demands and aspirations for ending occupation and the establishment of an independent Palestinian state," Shtayyeh said. "This is the only answer."

Netanyahu spoke to NBC's "Meet the Press," ''Fox News Sunday" and CBS' "Face the Nation." Shtayyeh and Netanyahu appeared on CNN's "State of the Union."

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cherlones July 27 2014 at 6:06 PM

If Hamas wants the killing to stop they need to stop firing rockets at Israel. Israel has a right to protect it'self and not let terrorist overtake their country. Israel has done NOTHING wrong except protect itself. May God Bless Israel and Netanyahu.

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blackbelt.ron July 27 2014 at 6:18 PM

Obama's administration
remind me of Hamas.
Constantly causing damage
then putting the blame on others..!

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greatbirdusa July 27 2014 at 6:08 PM

Fox News Sunday had a Palestinian representative on to explain their side of this fight.
When asked
why materials given to them to help the Gaza people build homes was instead used to build tunnels into Israel the spokes- woman said "Hamas has a right to protect themselves"..?
When asked
why Hamas keeps people in areas that Israel warns will soon be bombed she answered, "they have a right to stay in those locations".!
Even if that means
knowing they will be bombed..!
When asked
why Hamas asked for a truce
and then immediately violated their own agreement
and began bombing again
she answered
"those bombs were not Hamas"..!
There simply is
NO reasonable way to deal with these Hamas terrorists except to eliminate them entirely..!

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lets.play.wheres.waldo.obama July 27 2014 at 6:33 PM

Thank God
For the 'Iron Dome' defense system protecting Israel citizens since
Hamas has dropped thousands of bombs on them..!
How many dead in Israel would there be without that shield..?
And also
Thank God for President Bush who helped Israel with that Iron Dome..
Now I hope the Democrats stop blocking assistance in retaning that protection system since currently the Democrat Senate is refusing to pass a bill extending help for Israel...!
Why would
Barack Hussein Obama's
Democrat Party block a bill
helping America's friend.?

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ERIC July 27 2014 at 6:03 PM

"Palestinians said Israeli aggression has consequences."

LOL@ them talking about aggression when it's their aggression that started all of it. Palestines brought this on themselves.

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vegastwosome July 27 2014 at 5:58 PM

Obummmmmer is a phony , He has no regard for Israel what so ever.His demands are as bphony as him.

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jodie77 July 27 2014 at 6:01 PM

jodie77 .23 minutes ago
Gosh I love how the hamas/terrorist sympathizers use the excuse of Israelis killing women and children, when it's hamas that's meticulously planting them there by having their bomb weaponry in those big public buidlings so the kids and women are bombed, not the fighters! These people are sick to support the terrorists hamas.
This same terrorist group who destroyed the gaza strip by being voted in after the amazing Arafat had the unfortunate death, this is the group who has continually attacked, terrorized and bombed Israel since they took over as leader of gaza strip. ITS ABOUT DAMN TIME ISRAEL DOES SOMETHING ABOUT IT!

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jnjbeery July 27 2014 at 5:58 PM

Nothing to discuss, Hamas wants to keep shooting rockets wipe him out completely.

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lov2elkhnt July 27 2014 at 6:05 PM

Women and kids and old men can stop hiding or standing with or in front of Hamas and leave Gaza and Israel! Or stay, continue to act as shields and die no matter what left wing paper trys to hold you scum up high a righteous, the left won't die for you or even themselves.Leave and live and never come back!

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aristars July 27 2014 at 9:23 PM

Israel must finish the job now! no cease fire, no truce! and it must stop trying to explain everything to every moronic leader!!

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