Over the weekend, Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu confirmed the recent reports that Hamas is shooting at Palestinians trying to flee Gaza.
Netanyahu made his comments during a Sunday interview on CNN’s “State of the Union” with Dana Bash while explaining how Israel has been working to open evacuation routes for Palestinians so they can escape northern Gaza.
“Hamas is doing everything in their power to keep them in harm’s way,” he said, adding, “It’s fired on the safe zone and the safe corridor that we enacted the other day to prevent Palestinians from leaving harm’s way.”
He said Hamas’ actions were “savagery of the highest order,” and that it is important that the United States and Europe help Israel in its fight against Islamic terrorism before it spreads to the West.
“The Middle East will fall,” he said. “Europe is next. You will be next.”
When Bash asked Netanyahu about civilians that have been killed in Israel’s precision airstrikes inside Gaza, Netanyahu said that his country was doing everything in its power to minimize the loss of civilian lives.
“The Allies were attacked by Hitler, and so they invaded France and then Germany,” Netanyahu said. “And when they did that, they went into the cities. They had to fight the German army that was often embedded in the cities, in civilian neighborhoods. And many civilians were killed.”
“So, who was the blame laid on? Did they say, ‘well, the Allies are wrong, the Allies should stop fighting?’” he continued. “Or did the say, ‘look, use forces judiciously as you can, but don’t give the Nazis any refuge, defeat the Nazis’, which is what we’re doing. We’re using force in the most judicious way, but we have to defeat these new Nazis. And we will, for our sake, for your sake too.”