Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu defended his government’s handling of the recent conflict with Hamas, and the decision to accept an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire with the terror group following two days of rocket attacks on southern Israel.
Speaking at an event in honor of Israel’s first premier, David Ben Gurion, Netanyahu said the government must sometimes make “fateful decisions” regarding Israel’s security, even when they go against public opinion.
“In times of emergency, when making decisions crucial to security, the public can’t always be privy to the considerations that must be hidden from the enemy. At these moments, leadership doesn’t mean doing what is easy. Real leadership means doing what is correct, even if it is difficult. That kind of leadership requires us to face criticism sometimes, when you know critical, secret information which you cannot reveal to the Israeli public, or in this case to the residents of southern Israel, whom I love and cherish so much.”
Netanyahu also said the Gaza-based Hamas terror group “begged” for a cessation to the fighting.
“Our enemies begged for a ceasefire and they knew very well why.”
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