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Israel deserves Nobel Prize for 'restraint': Israeli envoy

Published on Jul 23, 2014 4:59 AM

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Israeli soldiers should be given the Nobel Peace Prize for the "unimaginable restraint" they are showing in fighting Hamas, Israel's ambassador to the US has said, backing his country's right to self-defence.

Ambassador Ron Dermer made the comments at an event hosted by the Christians United for Israel group late Monday, according to a text of the speech posted on his Facebook page.

Comparing Hamas rocket fire on Israel to Germany's bombardment of London during World War II, Mr Dermer slammed those "shamelessly accusing Israel of genocide and (who) would put us in the dock for war crimes."

"The truth is that the Israeli Defence Forces should be given the Nobel Peace Prize... a Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint."

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