Netanyahu warns of ‘kill or be killed’ policy on Gaza

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Maan News Agency | October 30, 2011

TEL AVIV, Israel (Ma’an) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu warned Sunday that Israel would hit back against rocket fire, while insisting the country wants to avoid escalating hostilities after Israeli airstrikes killed 10 Palestinian militants in some 24 hours.

Israel is “not eager for escalation” but uses two principles in response to Gaza militants “kill or be killed” and “hurt us – on your own head be it,” Netanyahu said according to Israeli news site Ynet.

Speaking at a university opening in Safed in northern Israel, the premier vowed Israel will “defend ourselves according to these principles,” Ynet reported.

Netanyahu and Israeli President Shimon Peres, speaking at the same ceremony, pinned responsibility for rockets hitting Israel, which killed one Israeli on Saturday, on Gaza-rulers Hamas.

“Hamas claims that it controls Gaza and so the direct responsibility for everything that happens there lies with the group. The writing is on the wall, and they will bear the harsh consequences of their actions,” Peres said according to Ynet.

The president called rockets fired from Gaza a “declaration of war,” the report added.

Israeli airstrikes killed nine Islamic Jihad militants on Saturday, and a barrage of rockets hit southern Israel, killing a man in the city of Ashkelon. Hours after Islamic Jihad confirmed it would abide by an Egyptian-brokered truce Sunday morning, Israeli war planes struck southern Gaza, killing a leader of the armed wing of the Democratic Front for the Liberation of Palestine.

Richard Miron, the spokesman for UN special envoy for the peace process Robert Serry, said the recent escalations “are very worrying.”

Miron said Saturday in a statement received by Ma’an that “it is vital to de-escalate now, without delay. We strongly appeal for calm and an end to the violence and bloodshed.”

President Mahmoud Abbas’ office called for a halt to violence, as senior Hamas leader Ahmad Bahar warned Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip were an attempt to “trick the resistance into a new round of escalation.”


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