Asked at a televised conference Wednesday whether Israel had targeted Hamas military chief Muhammed Deif, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu avoided a direct reply, saying only: "All terrorist chiefs are legitimate targets; none are immune."
Other points he made:
- No let-up in campaign to overthrow Hamas rule; it will take time and endurance and is part of the world struggle against Islamist terror. But behind its bragging, Hamas has been cruelly impaired.
- If Hamas tries to launch a war of attrition, it will be pulverized.
- The dramatic events in the Mid East present Israel with a new political horizon, with a role for Mahmoud Abbas if he accepts the end of terror.
DEBKAfile: He was referring to the Israeli alignment taking shape with Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the Palestinian Authority.
- There is no crisis with the US. Relations are excellent. Obama administration backup for Israel in its fight against Hamas is worthy of praise and includes support for Gaza’s demilitarization.