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Netanyahu says "assassination" of Hamas leaders will bring peace to Israel

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 01:24

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says ongoing ''assassinations'' of Hamas leaders will ''restore peace and security for an extended period to the citizens of Israel.'' Jillian Kitchener reports.

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Another funeral in Gaza....this time for three senior Hamas military commanders killed in Israeli air strikes. The Islamist movement says that all three had led operations against Israel for more than 20 years. And Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says their deaths will prevent future attacks. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "The assassination last night joins other assassinations that we are doing against other planned deadly attacks of Hamas and other terrorist organizations." Since Tuesday's ceasefire collapse, the Israeli military has ramped up its efforts to hit the leadership of Hamas' armed wing. And Netanyahu says it's not over yet. (SOUNDBITE) (Hebrew) ISRAELI PRIME MINISTER BENJAMIN NETANYAHU, SAYING: "We will continue to work together to reach the targets, to restore peace and security for an extended period to the citizens of Israel." But Hamas is calling for revenge...promising to take the fight back to Israel. The conflict so far has claimed the lives of more than 2,000 Palestinians, most of them civilians, and over 60 Israelis, most of them soldiers. With escalating threats from both sides, the casualty numbers are likely to rise.

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Netanyahu says "assassination" of Hamas leaders will bring peace to Israel

Thursday, August 21, 2014 - 01:24