Benjamin Netanyahu slams ‘Palestinian propaganda machine’, says it was ‘caught red-handed’

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Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has denounced the ‘Palestinian propaganda machine’, saying it was ‘caught red-handed’ after the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said Palestinian children had been killed by a rocket attack launched by Gaza militants that failed to achieve its objective. aimed targets.

Speaking on “Fox News Live” on Sunday, the former prime minister said Israel must “pierce” the “lies” coming from the Palestinians.

“They said that in Israel we killed five children. They didn’t tell you the truth and it was caught on video,” Netanyahu explained.

“These five children were killed when [an] Islamic Jihad rocket aimed at Israel misses [and] ran into these kids, so they actually murdered their own kids trying to murder us.”


Netanyahu made the comments as tensions between Israel and Gaza have escalated since Friday, when the Israeli military announced a formal operation after a coordinated strike killed Islamic Jihad commander Tayseer al-Jabari. According to the IDF, “Jabari was responsible for multiple terrorist attacks against Israeli civilians”. A second senior commander, Khaled Mansour, was killed on Saturday.

Tensions began to rise after Israeli security forces arrested Islamic Jihad group leader Bassem Saadi.

In a statement sent to Fox News Digital on Friday, Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, noted that the mission was carried out on Friday “due to an attempted attack on Israeli civilians by Islamic Jihad. Palestinian”.

The ambassador said “Israel was forced to begin a military operation with surgical strikes in order to thwart their rocket attacks from Gaza.”

“Palestinian Islamic Jihad is a radical terrorist proxy of the Ayatollah regime in Iran and its clearly stated objective is the destruction of the State of Israel,” Erdan continued.

The ambassador also called on “the international community and the United Nations to stop making false and immoral comparisons between a law-abiding democracy and radical terrorist organizations and to support Israel’s right to defend its citizens.”

Islamic Jihad militants have fired hundreds of rockets into Israel since Friday, some targeting Jerusalem.

Former Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he believes the current conflict is not just a physical battle, but also “a moral and political battle” as well as a “public relations battle”.
(Ronen Zvulun/Pool via AP)

Netanyahu said on Sunday that he believed the current conflict was not just a physical battle, but also “a moral and political battle” as well as a “public relations battle.”

He then highlighted what he called the difference between Israel and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad movement, saying that “they shoot civilians while hiding behind civilians” while Israel tries “to target terrorists while avoiding civilian casualties as much as possible”.

“That’s the difference between a free society, a democracy and these terrorist killers who follow this radical ideology,” Netanyahu continued.

The former prime minister’s comments came hours before Egyptian intelligence officials called for a ceasefire on Sunday evening, indicating an agreement has been reached to end the violence.

The Associated Press reported that an Egyptian intelligence official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said the truce between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad is expected to begin at 11:30 p.m.

Prior to the development, Israeli aircraft hit targets in the Gaza Strip, increasing the Palestinian death toll, and militants fired repeated rounds of rockets that struck deep into Israel.

Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid stressed that Israel was striking “in a precise and responsible manner in order to minimize harm to non-combatants”.


“The Israeli government will not allow terrorist organizations from the Gaza Strip to set the agenda in the area adjacent to the Gaza Strip and threaten the citizens of the State of Israel,” Lapid said in a statement. a statement. “Anyone who tries to harm Israel should know: we will find you.”

Anders Hagstrom of Fox News and The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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