Netanyahu: Hamas Called Truce, Yet Firing 'as We Speak'

Israel facing 'very ruthless terrorist enemy'

By Polly Davis Doig,  Newser Staff

Posted Jul 27, 2014 9:45 AM CDT

(Newser) – That hours-old ceasefire Hamas didn't want and then suddenly did? It's violating it already, Benjamin Netanyahu tells CNN this morning. Hamas is "continuing to fire at us as we speak," the Israeli PM told Candy Crowley, adding that "Hamas is simply continuing all its operations, and Israel will not let this terror operation decide when it’s convenient for them and not convenient for them to attack our people." "We're faced with a very ruthless terrorist enemy," he continued, accusing Hamas of using "civilians as human shields."

Netanyahu said that with those civilian casualties, Hamas was trying to "mislead the entire world" by piling up "more and more dead bodies," notes Politico. Netanyahu's appearance comes as Mahmoud Abbas is said to be readying a delegation to send to Cairo for further negotiations.

In this Tuesday, July 22, 2014, file photo, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Tel Aviv, Israel.
In this Tuesday, July 22, 2014, file photo, Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a news conference with UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon, in Tel Aviv, Israel.   (AP Photo/Dan Balilty, File)
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