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Israel has 'nothing against' Gazans, Netanyahu tells US TV

Published on Aug 8, 2014 4:27 AM
 
Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu holds a news conference at his office in Jerusalem August 6, 2014. He told Fox News on Thursday that Israel has "nothing against the people of Gaza" and wants to help them deal with the "tyranny" of Hamas rule. -- PHOTO: REUTERS

WASHINGTON (AFP) - Israel has "nothing against the people of Gaza" and wants to help them deal with the "tyranny" of Hamas rule, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Fox News on Thursday.

"I'm not sure the battle is over," he told the cable network's "Hannity" programme, a month after the start of the Israel offensive that has claimed nearly 2,000 mostly Palestinian lives.

"I think we've degraded their (Hamas) capabilities significantly," he said, adding there may still remain tunnels dug by Hamas under the Gaza-Israel border that have yet to be found.

"It really depends on whether they want to continue this battle. I think we have to find a peaceful solution, if we can," he added.

 
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