Netanyahu speaks to Canadian PM, French FM

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks with French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper, discussing the ongoing operation in Gaza.

“I don’t think that the international community should create any kind of symmetry between a democracy that acts in legitimate self-defense while trying to avoid civilian casualties and a terrorist organization deliberately trying to harm millions of innocent civilians,” Netanyahu tells Fabius at the beginning of their meeting today. “I know this is not France’s position and it shouldn’t be the position of anyone in the international community.”

Speaking to Harper over the phone, Netanyahu mentioned the rockets found late last week in a Gaza school run by UNRWA, the United Nations agency in charge of Palestinian refugees.

“Hamas hides rockets in schools and shoots them at [Israeli] schools,” he says. Hamas is using schools, homes, mosques and hospitals to launch rockets at Israeli citizens. Hamas is using innocent civilians as human shields for their terrorist activities. Therefore, when civilians are inadvertently hit, it’s Hamas’s responsibility,” he tells the Canadian PM.

— Raphael Ahren

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