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Israel's envoy to Taiwan defends Gaza operations

Israel's envoy to Taiwan defends Gaza operations

Israel's de facto ambassador to Taiwan held a press conference in Taipei yesterday, three days after Israeli aircraft launched attacks on Hamas targets in Gaza which have so far killed more than 300 Palestinians.
The ongoing Israeli military operation in the Gaza Strip is not a war against the Arabian world, nor with the Palestinian authority and its people, but a war against the Hamas extremists. It is being carried out in the hope of protecting the Israeli people who have suffered from missile attacks for years, Israel's envoy said.
"We are not warmongers and we don't like bloodshed, our mission is only targeted at military targets and terrorists, not civilians. It is being carried out in order to give our people the ability to live normal lives," said Raphael Gamzou, representative of Israel Economic and Cultural Office in Taipei.
Gamzou noted that since Hamas took over the control of Gaza, it has launched missile and mortar shell attacks on Israeli cities such as Sderot, causing significant causalities of innocent people, including children, and damaging homes and properties.
"But you can hardly see the news regarding these attacks on the screen as it has become a routine and daily ritual that people get used to it, unlike the recent Israeli attacks on Hamas," Gamzou said.
"For years, the Israeli government has demonstrated restraint. But now, enough is enough and the government has to fulfill its basic obligation to protect the safety of its people," he said.
The news briefing was held to enable a direct dialect with Taiwanese people to allow them to better understand the current situation in Israel, since most of the Taiwanese news coverage regarding the military operation comes from foreign agencies, said Gamzou.
The Israeli representative said that he felt very sorry Palestinian civilians were killed and injured during the air strikes, but stressed that it is the Hamas extremists who should take full responsibility.


Updated : 2021-04-12 03:51 GMT+08:00