Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu continues his trip through Europe, confronting the ongoing international criticism of Israel's response to the violent protests that have been taking place on the Gaza border. The Times of Israel reports that Netanyahu countered the criticism by noting that Israel does not want violence, while Hamas - in instigating the protests - longs for Palestinian protesters to die so that their deaths can be used for anti-Israel propaganda:
Netanyahu was questioned on the IDF’s response to the Gaza protests by an audience member at a London event hosted by think tank Policy Exchange.
“We tried water cannons, we tried tear gas and none worked,” the premier replied, according to the Haaretz daily, adding that “given our record, we probably will figure out something.”
“The last thing we want is violence [or] confrontation,” he said.
When asked to further elaborate, Netanyahu said that “we tried other ways, it doesn’t work. Hamas wants them to die.”
Hamas, which rules Gaza and openly seeks to destroy Israel, has held weekly massive protests on the border since March 30, including violent riots, attempts to breach the security fence and sending hundreds of flaming kites and balloons over the border, starting countless fires that have destroyed large swaths of land.
Over 110 Gazans have been killed, including over 60 on May 14, the day the US moved its embassy. At least half of those killed since the protests began in March have been identified as members of Hamas or other terror groups...