On a side, note, I was in that very press room at the Israeli MFA some years ago, speaking behind the very podium of the Israeli PM. 😉
Netanyahu Slams Ban Ki-Moon’s ‘Occupation’ Remarks
PM fires at UN’s muddling of basic facts regarding Gaza. ‘There is no occupation of Gaza, because we withdrew,’ he explains.
Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fired at UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon’s insistence that the “occupation” justified Hamas’s launching over 3,600 rockets on Israeli civilians on Monday, in a series of remarks before a private meeting with the international figure.
Netanyahu began by noting that the entire concept of an “occupation” in Gaza has been made moot after the 2005 Disengagement.
“The root cause of the violence that burst from Gaza is not Israel’s occupation in Gaza, for a simple reason: Israel doesn’t occupy Gaza,” Netanyahu explained. “Israel left Gaza to the very last centimeter, to the very last inch. We uprooted all the settlements and vacated all the settlers. So there is no Israeli occupation of Gaza.”
Netanyahu then pointed out that Ban justified Hamas’s rocket barrage despite the fact that it used the UN’s own facilities to break international law.
“The root cause of this summer’s outburst of violence was Hamas’ rocketing of Israeli cities, and these rocket attacks often exploited UN neutrality, using UN facilities and UN schools as part of the Hamas machine of terror,” he thundered. “And when rockets were discovered inside UN schools, some UN officials handed them back to Hamas – that very same Hamas that was rocketing Israeli cities and Israeli civilians.”
The Prime Minister then reiterated the fact that Hamas is a terror group dedicated to genocide against Jews.
“The root cause of Hamas’ rocket fire on Israel is Hamas’ opposition to Israel’s very existence,” he declared. “Hamas doesn’t give a hoot for the 1967 lines. For them, Israel has no right to live, in any borders. Hamas rejects our very existence. They’re committed to killing every Israeli and every Jew. You just have to read their charter – they say that very plainly.”
“So Hamas is the enemy of all of us who seek peace,” he continued.