Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shot down French President Emmanuel Macron’s demand this week that Israel stop bombing the terrorists inside Gaza who were responsible for murdering 1,200 Israelis in a terror attack last month.
Macron claimed that there was “no justification” for the precision airstrikes and that there should be “a humanitarian pause, going to a ceasefire” to protect civilians.
His remarks come after Israel has made numerous attempts for a month to evacuate as many civilians as possible from northern Gaza, including using their military to open up corridors where they protect the civilians as they travel in the tens of thousands to southern Gaza.
“These babies, these ladies, these old people are bombed and killed,” Macron claimed in an interview with BBC. “So there is no reason for that and no legitimacy. So we do urge Israel to stop.”
Footage released by Israel shows that there have been numerous instances in which their military forces have called off precision strikes because they detected civilians were in the area. There have also been countless examples of Hamas using civilians as human shields, which is a war crime.
RAW FOOTAGE: IDF cancels airstrikes in Gaza to mitigate civilian casualties. pic.twitter.com/2m2BnN2LED
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) November 10, 2023
“The responsibility for any harm to civilians lies with Hamas-ISIS and not with Israel,” Netanyahu said in response to Macron’s statement.
“It must be remembered that Israel entered the war due to that terrorist organisation’s brutal murder of hundreds of Israelis and holding hostage more than 200 Israelis,” Netanyahu said. “While Israel does everything in its power to avoid harming civilians and urges them to leave the battle areas, Hamas-ISIS is doing all it can to prevent them from moving to safe areas and uses them as human shields.”
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Netanyahu correctly noted that Hamas, a designated terrorist organization, was using schools, mosques, and hospitals as terrorist “command centers.”
“Hamas-ISIS is cruelly holding our people hostage — women, children, the elderly — and thus committing a crime against humanity,” the statement concluded. “The crimes being committed today by Hamas-ISIS in Gaza will be committed tomorrow in Paris, New York and all over the world. The leaders of the world should be condemning Hamas-ISIS, not Israel.”
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