Netanyahu calls on Israel to stop restraint policy

Tuesday, December 05, 2006 |  by Staff Writer  

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu warned that Hamas was gearing up for a major rocket attack, not just on Sderot and that Israel needs to stop showing restraint and take an offensive stance toward Hamas.

“Gaza won't necessarily continue turning into a second Lebanon, but that is what's happening,” Netanyahu told Israel Army Radio.

“The time has come for us to draw conclusions. We can't close our eyes and say, ‘I'm showing restraint, everything's okay.’ Everything is not okay.”

He urged Israel to act on Hamas threats and actions, especially when it comes to the security of the Jewish nation.

“Our policy has stopped [its aggressive approach] toward Hamas and those who announce that they will destroy [us], and continue to arm themselves,” he said. “If you think that the correct policy is to sit and shake their hands, I think otherwise. For the sake of security, we have to act.”

Also, addressing Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh who is in Damascus, Netanyahu said, “I expect and hope that the Israeli government will do what is necessary to bring back Shalit,” he said. “But I have no doubt that while Haniyeh is in Damascus and meeting with Iranian representatives, the talks on Gilad Shalit will be very short, and the talks on attacking Israel will be very long.”

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