Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke to NBC News’ Brian Williams Monday night as both Israeli and Palestinian death tolls rose in Gaza. When Williams asked if the prime minister felt public opinion turning against Israel due to the number of civilian casualties, Netanyahu replied that his hand had been forced by Hamas’ actions.
“Am I worried that this will have an effect? Of course it does,” Netanyahu replied.
“But, you know, at a certain point you say what choice do you have? What would you do? What would you do if American cities, where you’re sitting now, were absorbing hundreds of rockets, you know what you’d say? You’d say to your leader, a man’s gotta do what a man’s gotta do, and a country’s gotta do what a country’s gotta do.”
Netanyahu has spent several days arguing that Hamas has intentionally embedded its weapon systems within civilian populations and even discouraged civilians from leaving areas after Israeli warnings, all to create “telegenically” dead civilians in order to manipulate public opinion.
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