“We will do whatever it takes to restore order and calm, personal safety and deterrence. We are trying to degrade Hamas’ terrorist capabilities and degrade its willingness to start over. So it will take time. J ‘Hope it won’t take long, but it’s not immediate,’ he said, saying Americans would certainly react the same if there were attacks on American cities.
Netanyahu also denied reports that he rejected a truce offered by Egypt, which also borders Gaza, and accepted by Hamas.
“It’s not what I know,” he said of the suggested truce.
“And, frankly, if Hamas thought it could just fire rockets and then sit down and get immunity, that’s wrong. We’re targeting a terrorist organization that targets our civilians and hides behind their civilians,” using them as human shields. We’re doing everything we can to hit the terrorists themselves, their rockets, rocket caches and weapons. But we’re not just going to let them get away, and neither will you. . “