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Netanyahu in message to Israel’s enemies: Those who seek to hurt us, beware

Israel honors Protective Edge fallen in state ceremony on Mount Herzl; President Rivlin warns Palestinians: ‘When there is no fire towards Israel – then there will be no fire towards the Gaza Strip’.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Monday had a message to Israel’s enemies, saying “those who try to hurt us, their blood be on their own heads.”

Netanyahu was speaking at a state ceremony honoring the 67 soldiers and officers and five civilians who were killed during Operation Protective Edge last summer in Gaza.

His warning was aimed not just at Hamas, but also at Hezbollah, Iran and the Islamic State. “We’re closely monitoring the situation in the south and preparing to act with force when required to do so,” he said, as southern residents have been suffering for several weeks from sporadic rocket fire from the Gaza Strip and recently from the Sinai Peninsula as well.

Turning to bereaved families, Netanyahu said that “In every meeting and every conversation I had with you, one sentence kept coming back, ‘I’m feeling great pain in my heart, but also great pride’. I know well that there is no end to your grief, but alongside this you have the knowledge that your sons’ bravery saved many lives in Israel.”
President Rivlin noted the suffering of Israeli citizens throughout the war and before it, under threat from rockets and terror tunnels. He also paid tributed to the fallen soldiers and their families, and to wounded soldiers still leading a daily battle to rehabilitate.



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