以色列, 上周下旬, announced that it had come to a cease-fire agreement with Hamas that put an end to 11 days of fighting in which Hamas fired thousands of rockets indiscriminately at Israeli civilian targets, to which Israel responded with bruising airstrikes.
“最终, in the operation we gave Hamas a heavy blow,” Regev, who is Netanyahu’s chief spokesperson to international media, 说过. “We dismantled a large part of their terrorist-military machine. We took out part of their leadership. We hit their command and control. Hopefully they will think twice even three times before they strike at Israel again.”
The fighting resulted in more than 200 死亡人数, mainly in Gaza.
Regev also expressed some hope for lasting peace, referencing “over a half a decade of relative peace and quiet” after a previous round of fighting.
“That is possible and I hope we can do that again,” 他说.
When asked whether the Israeli response was “proportionate,” to Hamas provocation, given the fact that many more Gaza civilians died during the fighting than Israelis, Regev accused Hamas of using civilians as “human shields.”
“They were firing thousands of rockets on our civilian population. They were trying to murder our people in their homes. We were defending ourselves,” Regev said. “They were firing out of schools. They were firing out of built-up areas. They were firing out of homes, out of mosques, even out of playgrounds.”
Regev added: “We tried… to hit the terrorists and not to see innocent people caught up in the crossfire. And while our goal was to avoid civilian casualties, Hamas had actually the exact opposite goal… They were brutally abusing Gaza civilians as a human shield for their war machine. We know for a fact that many of the casualties in this operation were caused by Hamas munitions. 几乎 20% of their rockets fell short, landing in Gaza, killing Gaza civilians.”
The violence also presented the first major test of the relationship between President Biden’s new administration and Netanyahu, and created a tense political issue in the United States. The White House said this week that it was working feverishly behind the scenes to broker peace as the president simultaneously reaffirmed the United States’ alliance with Israel and applied pressure on the longstanding ally to make progress to a cease-fire.
He also walked a thin line balancing international support for Israel while also trying not to alienate pro-Palestinian members of his own Democratic Party at home. This included making public calls for a cease-fire while having his administration block U.N. resolutions calling for a cease-fire, which would have been a major rebuke of Israel.
代表. 拉希达·特莱布, 我, notably confronted Biden on an airport tarmac in Detroit and pressured the president to stop blocking the U.N. Security Council cease-fire resolutions.
“Apartheid-in-chief Netanyahu will not listen to anyone asking nicely. He commits war crimes and openly violates international law,” she said in a tweet.
It’s not clear how long the cease-fire could hold, with both sides claiming victory and saying they will only “hold fire” as long as the other side does. Israeli offensive and defensive capacity are still in solid shape. And Hamas is reportedly still boasting thousands of rockets in its now-battered Gaza arsenals.
福克斯新闻’ Greg Palkot and Caitlin McFall contributed to this report.