Israelis respond to Hamas claims
In an interview with CNN’s Wolf Blitzer, Mark Regev spokesperson for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, responds to Hamas claims that Israel is responsible for the current violence. The full interview aired on CNN’s The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer, 5-7 p.m. ET.
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Blitzer: “Is there a ceasefire negotiation going on at all?”
Regev: “I can say the following Wolf. Our goal is to bring peace and quiet to Israel’s civilians. So that they don’t have to live in fear of these rockets coming in from Gaza. Too many rockets, hundreds of rockets over the last few weeks. It has to stop. It can stop one way or the other, but it has to stop.”
Blitzer: “Is Egypt, Turkey, the United States, are they involved in trying to stop the fighting?”
Regev: “Many people want to help. And what we say is that we cannot agree to a ceasefire that Hamas wants. Hamas wants a bandaid. Hamas wants as Prime Minister Netanyahu said earlier today, ‘a few minutes to rest, to bandage their wounds and then start firing again.’ That is not in the cards. We want to come out of this conflict knowing that for a sustained period of time that the people of Israel can live without the fear of these rockets coming in from Gaza.”