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2014 Gaza Conflict Benjamin Netanyahu Israel Israel Defense Forces Wolf Blitzer

Reoccupation is ‘excessive military plan’

20 Jul, 2014

Netanyahu tells Blitzer that reoccupation of the Gaza Strip would be an ‘excessive military plan’ and that nobody in Israel’s government wants to go to that extent, but doesn’t appear to completely rule out the possibility of retaking the territory:

I support taking whatever action is necessary to stop this insane situation…Just imagine – I mean, imagine what Israel is going through.  Imagine that 75 percent of the U.S. population is under rocket fire and they have to be in bomb shelters within 60 to 90 seconds.  So, I’m not just talking about New York – New York, Washington, Chicago, Detroit, San Francisco, Miami, you name it.  That’s impossible.  You can’t live like that.  So I think we have to bring back, restore back a reasonable, sustained quiet and security.  And we will take whatever action is necessary to achieve that.

When Blitzer asks if that includes possibly reoccupying Gaza:

Nobody wants to go to excessive military plans, but what is happening here is excessive.