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Livni: Israel must ‘recruit the world to pressure Hamas’

Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Tzipi Livni [World Economic Forum/Wikipedia]
Former Minister of Foreign Affairs of Israel, Tzipi Livni [World Economic Forum/Wikipedia]

MK Tzipi Livni (Zionist Camp) criticised the Israeli government for its approach to the occupied Gaza Strip on Sunday, urging intensified efforts to fight Hamas, reported Arutz Sheva.

“We have to begin to combine military blows when necessary with diplomatic activity against Hamas, not agreements with Hamas, but mobilization of the world against it”, Livni told Kol Barama radio.

“This government is short-sighted and has no strategy for Gaza. We have become dependent on Hamas. When it wants to, it increases the flames and when it wants to, it lowers them. Israel does not know what it wants to do there”, she continued.

“I’m not looking for a partner on the Hamas side and I’m opposed to any negotiations with it. We have to recruit the world to pressure Hamas just as we pressure Iran”, Livni said.

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Livni’s remarks came after an escalation in Gaza over the weekend, with Israel dropping an estimated 100 bombs on dozens of targets across the fenced-in enclave.

Palestinian factions, meanwhile, including Hamas, fired more than 100 rockets and mortar shells into southern Israel in response to Israel’s airstrikes.

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