Israeli UN Ambassador Danny Danon told the Security Council on Thursday, “There is nothing peaceful about terrorists firing over the fence at our positions” from Gaza. Israel had an obligation to protect its citizens and do so while minimizing civilian casualties.
“Israel will never apologize for defending our country….It is Hamas that is fully responsible for every Palestinian injury and death…
Hamas’ goal was to infiltrate Israel’s territory and harm as many innocent people as possible.
Danon asked: “How would you react if armed terrorists were marching on the border of Kuwait? What would you do to protect the people of Sweden, or Bolivia, if a violent mob threatened to infiltrate? “You would defend yourselves. We will do the same.”
Iran was the common thread behind Hamas, Hizbullah, and the Assad regime in Syria, he said, noting the 80,000 Shia militants in Syria under Iranian control.
“The [Iranian] regime proudly parades its missiles in city centers. Written on the sides of these missiles are calls to destroy Israel.” Israel would not allow regimes that sought its destruction to acquire nuclear weapons. “Period.”