Quotes: MENA   Enter Symbol: NewsLetter: Search: advanced

Palestine- Hamas leaders "legitimate targets" - Netanyahu  Join our daily free Newsletter

MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA) - 21/08/2014
No. of Ratings : 0
Add to Mixx!

(MENAFN - Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)) Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Wednesday evening that the military operation in Gaza Strip is not over yet and that leaders of the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas) are "legitimate targets."

In a televised speech, Netanyahu vowed that the Israeli army will continue the operation in Gaza until calm is back to Israel.

In the meantime, Netanyahu refused to respond to reports on the fate of Hamas military leader Mohammad Deif, and only said: "Hamas leaders are legitimate target - and a top priority. No one is immune."

Deif's wife and his infant daughter were killed in an Israeli airstrike last night.

"We have dealt Hamas a massive blow in recent weeks, the most serious blow since their establishment. We are determined to continue and use any means needed," he claimed.

Netanyahu warned Hamas saying, "If you fire, we will hit back. They think they will exhaust us, but they are wrong."

The Israeli Prime Minister's televised speech followed a long meeting for the security cabinet in Tel Aviv, which discussed developments in Gaza.

It came amid Israeli escalation of the aggression on the Strip, as the Palestinian faction in Gaza fired dozens of rockets on Israel.

According to the Jerusalem Post, the security cabinet meeting was held amid criticism by key ministers who expressed dissatisfaction over Netanyahu's handling of the ituation in Gaza.

Ahead of the inner cabinet meeting, Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman said Israel had already tried unilateral moves - most notably withdrawing from the Gaza Strip in 2005.

"I hope it is now clear to everyone that the policy of 'quiet will be met with quiet' means that Hamas is the initiator and it is the one that decides when, where and how much it will fire on Israeli residents, while we make do with solely a response, which, even if it is a harsh one, is still just a response," he wrote on his Facebook page Wednesday.

"When you're talking seriously about the security of Israeli residents, you have to understand that there is no possibility other than a resolute Israeli move that means only one thing: the defeat of Hamas," he added.

A short time after Netanyhau's speech, Al-Quds brigades, the military wing of Palestinian Islamic Jihad said that it had launched two "Buraq 70" rockets on Tel Aviv, where the cabinet meeting was held.

It added that it had also targeted Bearshaba in the south, and Ashdod central Israel with four rockets.

Meanwhile, Hamas spokesman Sami Abu Zahri said in a statement that Netanyahu's threats reveal how "bloody the occupation is and how it is not serious in seeking calm."

He added that Israel had failed to assassinate Deif, a huge intelligence failure, to be added to many others security and military failures on the side of Tel Aviv


Kuwait News Agency (KUNA)

  MENA News Headlines
 Nov 25 2015 - Saudi Smart Boat innovation honored in Copenhagen 2 RiyadhSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Al-Shamakhi went on to say that he also provided his smart boat with special submerging telecommunication means attached to the boat's draft using sound waves to ...

 Nov 25 2015 - Saudi- Custodian of Two Holy Mosques receives Speakers of GCC Shura Representatives and National CouncilsSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Riyadh Safar 13 1437 November 25 2015 SPA -- The Custodian of Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at Al-Yamamah palace in Riyadh today the ...

 Nov 25 2015 - Kuwaiti Crown Prince receives GCC Ministers of Commerce and IndustrySaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Kuwait 13 Safar 1437 AH November 25 2015 SPA -- Sheikh Nawaf Al-Ahmad Al-Jaber Al-Sabah the Crown Prince of Kuwait received here today the Ministers of Commerce and ...

 Nov 25 2015 - Saudi- Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques receives Executive President and Founder of World Economic ForumSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Riyadh 13 Safar 1437 AH November 25 2015 SPA -- The Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud received at Al-Yamamah Palace here today the ...

 Nov 25 2015 - Crown Prince heads Saudi delegation to GCC Interior Ministers meetingSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Doha afar 13 1437November 25 2015SPA -- Crown Prince Mohammed bin Naif bin Abdulaziz Al Saud Deputy Premier and Minister of Interior arrived here today to head the ...

 Nov 25 2015 - Speakers of GCC Shura Representatives and National Councils meet in Riyadh 2 RiyadhSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Addressing the meeting the Speaker of Shura Council Sheikh Dr. Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Ibrahim Al Al-Sheikh welcomed the Speakers of Shura Representatives National and ...

 Nov 25 2015 - Saudi- Dr. Abdullah Al Rabiah receives Swiss ambassadorSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Riyadh Safar 13 1437 November 25 2015 SPA -- Dr. Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Al-Rabi'ah Advisor at the Royal Court and General Supervisor for Riyadh-based King Salman ...

 Nov 25 2015 - Saudi- National Guard Minister receives French AmbassadorSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Riyadh Safar 13 1437 November 25 2015 SPA -- Prince Miteb bin Abdullah bin Abdulaziz Minister of National Guard received here today the ambassador of France to the ...

 Nov 25 2015 - Germany plans to send 650 troops to MaliSaudi Press Agency
(MENAFN - Saudi Press Agency) Berlin Safar 13 1437 November 25 2015 SPA -- The German government plans to send up to 650 troops to Mali to help with the peacekeeping mission in the West African ...

 Nov 25 2015 - Turkey- G20 Communiqu: " The fight against terrorism is a major priority "The Journal Of Turkish Weekly
(MENAFN - The Journal Of Turkish Weekly) Following the two-day summit in Antalya Turkey G-20 leaders released a communiqué calling for greater coordination and information to counter terrorist ...






Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

MENAFN News Market Data Countries Tools Section  

Middle East North Africa - Financial Network

Main News
News By Industry
News By Country

Islamic Finance News
Private Equity News

How-To Guides
Technology Section

Travel Section

Search News

Market Indices
Quotes & Charts

Global Indices
Arab Indices


Oil & Energy

Currencies Cross Rates
Currencies Updates
Currency Converter

USA Stocks
Arab Stocks

Saudi Arabia 

Economic Calendar
Financial Glossary

Financial Calculators

RSS Feeds [XML]

Corporate Monitor


Real Estate
Submit Your Property

Arab Research
Buy a Research

Press Releases
Submit your PR

Join Newsletters

© 2014 menafn.com All Rights Reserved.  Terms of Service | Privacy Policy | Contact Us | Advertise | About MENAFN | Career Opportunities | Feedback | Help