It is not we who have come to perpetrate genocide, it is Hamas

It was not us who committed the genocide, it was Hamas” – Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu rejects South Africa's accusations of genocide in Gaza

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday, December 31, rejected claims that Israel is committing genocide in Gaza, calling such accusations “false” after South Africa filed a case against Israel in the country's top court. UN.

“I would like to say a word about South Africa's false accusation that Israel is committing genocide. No, South Africa, it was not us who committed the genocide, it was Hamas,” Netanyahu said during a Cabinet meeting in Tel Aviv, according to an English translation released by Agence France-Presse (AFP).

“Hamas would kill us all if it could,” Netanyahu added, referring to the Palestinian militant group that Israel promised to eliminate after its October 7 surprise attack.

Netanyahu's remarks were in response to South Africa's launch of a case at the UN International Court of Justice last week that accuses Israel of carrying out genocide against Palestinians in Gaza.

Netanyahu argued that Israel's military is “acting as morally as possible” and doing “everything to avoid harm to civilians” as it wages an offensive against Hamas in Gaza.

More than 21,500 Palestinians, including many women and children, have been killed since October, according to the Hamas-run Gaza Health Ministry.

The Biden administration strongly supported Israel after the Hamas attacks on Oct. 7, but in recent weeks U.S. officials have increased their calls for Israel to be more attentive to protecting civilian lives in the coastal enclave.

Several White House officials, including National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan, Secretary of Defense Llyod Austin and General CQ Brown Jr., Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, visited Israel earlier this month, where they encouraged the country to make the transition to a “lower intensity phase” of the war.

“We also have great ideas about how to transition from high-intensity operations to lower-intensity, more surgical operations,” Austin said earlier this month in Tel Aviv.


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