Ayalon: There's no other solution than to topple Hamas

Cabel, Bielski: Gov't must pay any price to secure Schalit's release; Deputy foreign minister: Only ending Hamas rule can stop rockets.

April 16, 2011 14:23
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Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon

Danny Ayalon 311. (photo credit: Courtesy)

Deputy Foreign Minister Danny Ayalon on Saturday said that "Hamas is a brutal terrorist organization whose aim is to destroy Israel," adding that the Gaza-based group's regime should be toppled.

"Only the collapse of Hamas rule in Gaza will stop the firing," referring to the launch of two Grad rockets towards Ashkelon overnight Friday. "There is no other solution," Ayalon added.

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Two rockets exploded in open areas Friday night, breaking a week of relative quiet that followed an escalation in violence that saw dozens of rockets and mortars fired into Israel, as well as some 20 Palestinians killed in IDF strikes.

Speaking at a cultural event in Ra'anana, the deputy foreign minister also praised the United States Senate for unanimously passing a resolution calling on the United Nations to rescind the Goldstone Report.

"The unanimous senate resolution to reject the Goldstone Report once again confirms the deep friendship US-Israel friendship," Ayalon said. He added that resolutions in the US House of Representatives and Senate are infinitely more important than those of the UN General Assembly, which he said are "driven by the automatic majority against Israel."

MK Eitan Cabel (Labor) and MK Ze'ev Bielski (Kadima), speaking at another cultural event in Yehud on Saturday, said it is the government's responsibility to pay any price in order to secure the release of captive soldier Gilad Schalit.

The two added, the prime minister needs to make this difficult decision, perhaps the toughest decision in recent times - to release murderers with blood on their hands - so that Hamas releases Schalit, Israel Radio reported.

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