War against Hamas, Hezbollah a common battle against enemies of mankind: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday thanked America for “support for Israel” and their “right to defend themselves against terrorists.”

War against Hamas, Hezbollah a common battle against enemies of mankind: Israel PM Benjamin Netanyahu

Jerusalem: Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Tuesday thanked America for “support for Israel” and their “right to defend themselves against terrorists.”

He also said that their war against Hamas, Hezbollah, al Qaeda and ISIS were not just Israel's war but a common battle against enemies of mankind.

Netanyahu added that it heartened the people of Israel to have such strong support from the people, the government and the representatives of the USA.

A the same time he said, “It's an iron shield for Israel and against human shields that exact horrible, horrible costs from the people of Gaza. Thank you for your support.”

The Israeli PM posted all the above on micro-blogging site Twitter:

Meanwhile, in another news, Israel has faced increasing pressure, including from the United States, after saying it plans to expropriate 400 hectares (988 acres) of Palestinian land in the Bethlehem area in the south of the occupied West Bank.

Ally Washington, the United Nations and Egypt all called for an urgent rethink after Sunday's announcement, which angered the Palestinians and alarmed Israeli peace campaigners, and comes days after a long-term ceasefire between Israel and the Palestinians took hold.

According to the Israeli military, the land move was a political decision made after the June killing of three Israeli teenagers snatched in the same area, known to Israelis as the Gush Etzion settlement bloc, AFP reported.

Netanyahu's policy of settlement expansion on land the Palestinians claim for a future state is deemed illegal by the European Union and an "obstacle to peace" by the United States.

Also, UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon was "alarmed" by Israel's plans, his spokesman said.

Egypt -- which last week mediated a permanent truce between Israel and the Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip to end a 50-day war - denounced Israel's move.

Rights watchdog Amnesty International similarly denounced the Israeli plans, saying that it "appears to be the largest land grab in the occupied Palestinian territories since 1980."

The Palestinians have called for diplomatic action against Israel, while Israeli peace campaigners said the land expropriation is the biggest of its kind in three decades.

With AFP inputs

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