German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle on Tuesday confirmed his frequently voiced stance that Israel has the right to defend herself against rocket attacks from Gaza.
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At a meeting with President Shimon Peres in the President's Residence, Westerwelle said: "The German People and the German Government stand by Israel's right to protect and defend itself against missile attacks from Gaza; and Hamas has the responsibility to stop the missile attacks against Israel."
Westerwelle also reiterated something that he has already stated several times, but believes that it needs repeating over and over again. There are people who are under the misconception that the missile attacks started in recent days, he said, noting that they have been going on not just for days, weeks and months – but for years.