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Israeli leaders condemned with their own words

Issue No. 2135

“If we want to remain alive, we will have to kill and kill and kill. All day, every day.”
Arnon Soffer, head of research at the Israeli Defence Force’s National Defence College

“The Israelis were planning this from the beginning of the ceasefire last June. So far as I can see, part of the reason for the strike is to kill the two state solution.”
Sir Jeremy Greenstock, Britain’s former UN ambassador

“Success is freeing the civilian population of southern Israel from the fear of an incoming Hamas rocket.”
Mark Regev, the Israeli prime minister’s spokesperson

“But if that were the case, there were no Hamas rockets during the ceasefire.”
A reporter’s response

“That is correct.”
Mark Regev’s reply

“We hunted terrorists and in the fight against terrorism it can happen that civilians are hit.”
Tzipi Livni, Israel’s foreign minister speaking about civilian deaths in Gaza

“There has been reckless and disproportionate use of force. There has been the use of weapons that shouldn’t be used in densely populated areas.”
Donatella Rovera, Amnesty International

“I am at peace with myself over the fact that we had to launch the operation.”
Tzipi Livni

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Who Says?
Tue 20 Jan 2009, 18:49 GMT
Issue No. 2135
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