Netanyahu: Israel has no intention of permanently occupying Gaza

Israel National News reports: “Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday evening released a video statement in which he stressed that Israel is fully complying with international law in the war against Hamas in Gaza.

‘I want to make a few points absolutely clear: Israel has no intention of permanently occupying Gaza or displacing its civilian population,’ he stated.

‘Israel is fighting Hamas terrorists, not the Palestinian population, and we are doing so in full compliance with international law. The IDF is doing its utmost to minimize civilian casualties, while Hamas is doing its utmost to maximize them by using Palestinian civilians as human shields,’ added Netanyahu.

‘The IDF urges Palestinian civilians to leave war zones by disseminating leaflets, making phone calls, providing safe passage corridors, while Hamas prevents Palestinians from leaving at gunpoint and often, with gunfire,’ said the Prime Minister.

‘Our goal is to rid Gaza of Hamas terrorists and free our hostages. Once this is achieved Gaza can be demilitarized and deradicalized, thereby creating a possibility for a better future for Israel and Palestinians alike,’ he concluded…”

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