Speaking on CBS The Nation on Sunday, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that there was no clear end in sight to the violence between Israel and the Palestinians in the Gaza Strip.
He said, “We will do everything necessary to restore order and calm,” adding, “It will take some time.”
Hours after he spoke, Israeli warplanes began another round of attacks in the Gaza Strip, bombing a main road, security complexes and a power line feeding south of Gaza City, according to the Associated Press and local media reports. Reports indicated that the attack was more severe and lasted longer than the air strikes the previous day.
Netanyahu defended his nation’s bombing of the Gaza Strip, which Palestinian authorities say killed at least 197 people, including 58 children. At least 10 people were killed in Israel in rocket attacks launched from Gaza, which is controlled by the Islamic Resistance Movement (Hamas).
Representatives of the United States, Qatar, Egypt and others tried to broker a ceasefire, but so far to no avail.
“If there is an agreement, it will be reached on our terms and not on the conditions of Israel,” Moussa Abu Marzouq, deputy leader of Hamas, told Kan on Sunday. “If Israel does not want to stop, we will not stop.”
“It is important that we continue to exhaust the campaign that we have entered and deepen the damage to Hamas,” the general in charge of Israel’s Southern Command, Eliezer Toledano, told Kan.
Israel faced widespread condemnation from international press organizations for blowing up a building on Saturday that houses the offices of international media organizations, including the Associated Press and Al Jazeera. The Israeli forces had warned in advance of the attack, and there were no reports of injuries.
Israeli officials claimed that the building contained Hamas military assets. Speaking on Sunday, Mr. Netanyahu did not provide any clear evidence to support this claim, nor did he confirm whether he had provided any evidence of this assertion during a conversation with Mr. Biden.
“It is a completely legitimate target,” he said, adding that the Israeli forces, “unlike Hamas, take special precautions to tell people, ‘Leave the building, leave the building.’”
On the killing of Palestinian children, Netanyahu blamed Hamas, saying that the organization was using civilians as human shields.
He said, “We are targeting a terrorist organization that targets our civilians and hides behind them and uses them as human shields.” “We are doing everything in our power to strike the terrorists themselves, their rockets, missile caches and arms, but we will not only allow them to go unpunished.”
He said Israel was doing everything it could to avoid civilian casualties. He said, “They are sending thousands of rockets into our cities with the specific purpose of killing our civilians from these places.” “what would you do?”