Peretz: Hamas responsible for preventing attacks from Gaza

August 21, 2011 07:46


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Labor MK Amir Peretz on Sunday held Hamas responsible for the escalation of violence in the South, saying that it was Hamas's role as the leader of the Gaza Strip "to not only avoid carrying out attacks, but rather to prevent attacks."

Peretz, a former defense minister, said in an interview with Israel Radio that Israel's government must act with proper policy so that a large-scale operation similar to Operation Cast Lead will not be necessary in Gaza.

"A large-scale operation in Gaza should come about as a strategic decision, not as a  reaction to events," Peretz stated.

The Labor MK added that preserving the peace agreement with Egypt must be on the top of Israel's list of priorities.

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