Liberman: Not all terrorist targets can be destroyed from the air

In speech during visit to Sderot, Liberman says Hamas leaders Haniyeh and Mashaal should consider themselves "legitimate targets."

July 4, 2014 15:02
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Avigdor Liberman

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman. . (photo credit: REUTERS)

Foreign Minister Avigdor Liberman visited Sderot on Friday where he made statements demanding action against Hamas and terror saying, "Not all terrorist targets can be destroyed from the air. Most of the rocket production sites are under schools, hospitals and mosques."

"We are only postponing a problem instead of dealing with it," he said and that Israel could not accept a reality in which Hamas controls what happens while Israel continues to respond after the fact.

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Liberman said that the continued threat posed by hundreds of missiles in Gaza was unsustainable, not only  for the residents of Sderot, but also Tel Aviv and the country's center.

The Foreign Minister continued by stressing the need to go after the leaders of terrorism wherever they are saying, "We must lay hands on all those who perpetrated and encouraged the murder of the three teenagers, including [Hamas PM Ismail] Haniyeh and [Hamas leader Khaled] Mashaal."

He added that the two should consider themselves "legitimate targets."

"Hamas is considered a terrorist organization by Europe, the United States and Israel," Liberman said.

The comments followed comments made by Liberman on Sunday where he said that only a full-scale return of Israeli control to Gaza would end the rocket fire.

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