Amb. Ron Prosor: We have to protect our citizens in Israel
Israeli Ambassador to the UN on escalating attacks, Hamas
- Duration 9:08
- Date Nov 16, 2012
Israeli Ambassador to the UN on escalating attacks, Hamas
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-- -- our breaking news from Israel and wire service reports that thousands of troops tens of thousands may be getting ready for a ground invasion of Gaza.
After three days of -- -- rocket attacks from Hamas.
About a half hour ago UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon.
Called on both Hamas and Israel -- to quote stop this dangerous escalation.
To avoid further bloodshed.
As air raid sirens sound in Tel Aviv for the first time in more than two decades.
Our -- Trace Gallagher went to the Israeli border back in 2006.
During the fighting with Hezbollah.
He's been watching all of this from our breaking news desk want to get to him before.
The ambassador joins us Trace.
And it's very important -- is now we're getting word that the Israelis are shutting down all of the roads that actually go toward Gaza amassing troops as you said that's a very bad side because that's exactly what happened.
Back in 2006 during the 34 day war what Hezbollah.
And there are some great context to be had about that or in this war because a lot of got to remind you we were up here covering this and carry out Shimon.
Hezbollah was firing some 4000 Katyusha rockets from Lebanon into Israel we would actually sit there and watch -- -- fighters pull open their trucks.
And they would launch those Katyusha rockets from the back of the truck so he is -- troops lined up along the border and they went and the idea was to push.
Those Hezbollah fighters deeper into Lebanon at that time Tel Aviv of course ninety miles away from that boarder now you switch to what's happening in Gaza.
Tel Aviv was not -- miles away they tried to push him back in Lebanon.
Now -- have a situation where you've got Tel -- only 37 miles from the Gaza Strip.
And you've got Jerusalem 43 miles we now have rockets that have hit the outskirts of both Tel Aviv.
And Jerusalem so you have troops amassing here the problem is.
That -- only nineteen.
Shot into Jerusalem and the question becomes why would they fire these new.
Rockets they're getting from Iran and Libya toward Jerusalem when there are hundreds of thousands of Palestinians living in and around that area and the holiest site for Islam is in the Old City of Jerusalem but right now this situation appears to mirror exactly what happened back in 2006.
In the days before the Israeli troops moved into Lebanon from northern.
Israel is very very ominous sign.
-- thank you very helpful background there.
One wanna bring in now -- Croshere he's the Israeli ambassador to the United Nations and it's real honor to have you here sir thank you so much for being here with us -- you for having me.
As ambassador -- -- has set on our show many times Israel is an engaging in dangerous neighborhood and that report.
Outlines for some of us.
Well how it takes in coming from all sides.
Put in perspective this report coming from the wire services Reuters puts it 75000 troops being mobilized the AP with -- at 161000.
But a possible ground invasion of Gaza.
A night to put things maybe before that in perspective we just talked to my feminine Jerusalem and children.
So Jerusalem -- -- him.
It is being boomed on the people -- going into assurances one million civilians in the -- philosophers who have.
-- sentenced to more than won't be going to work their children won't be going to schools.
And the better that they're going to hear this -- exactly fifteen seconds to find show -- this is the equivalent of having the West Coast.
Too -- a -- sort of mean this is trying new York and Washington.
No country no nation no people and no government.
Can basically sit behind and when something like that happens we have to protect fellow citizens.
And who are we who are we talking about we talking about Hamas.
We I was Israeli Director General prisons for assume was when we disengaged out of Gaza we left Gaza completely.
We have guys so they could have turned it into a final push things wonderful place to live and look at what they didn't they tend to -- -- haven to terrorists coming from all over the world.
And launching pad for -- is that they shoot the scrimmage the case Israeli civilians.
And -- innate immune mission.
-- dump full weapons coming in day in and day out from Syria from you run from Libya.
And if they would have taken some of the resource and spend money.
For the winner -- don't be -- it couldn't -- completely different look at the masses the flu this sounds that they managed to organize so that.
So this is who -- up against.
We're up against him an organization that -- -- -- recognize this is right to exist.
It doesn't people forget that they don't recognize my right to insist.
And they preach to the you know genocide of Jews.
They are enemies of peace so anyone who talks hey what's going to happen there enough people on both sides.
-- we can talk to but these guys are the enemies of peace.
And we are targeting the military infrastructure.
So with the end of today -- be able to sit down with.
Reasonable peep -- to do something positive.
-- letter viewers know that the rocket fire had been raining and Israel for some time.
And finally Israel.
And took out the equivalent -- they say he's like Hamas is Osama bin Laden but there had gotten so Israel took that guy out and that's when Hamas started to take it to another level.
With some of the scenes -- seeing now some -- as you were talking about this situation in Jerusalem we are seeing some of the some of the smoke.
-- let off and as you say a city that's that's like a New York or Los Angeles but can you speak at all to this.
I -- that's a huge number of troops units have potentially up to 75000 troops.
What what could be done some trees -- report.
You know you -- know this but a lot of our viewers don't that -- a small area I mean how far could they be put back is it gonna be hand to hand combat on the ground in Gaza.
When -- try and do I'm not going to go into military operations -- trying to do everything we can't to solve.
Those -- is forming in the midst of Israeli cities.
The game is that day and something that anyone we can just continue this way.
You know when we went out of Gaza -- we withdrew from Gaza that into account -- -- they.
Who launched 121000 since I was anything -- us.
So we restrained ourselves -- full months.
We've been writing and asking the international community hey guys this can continue this way.
So win now in a situation where it's obvious that if it's going to be quiet in his it's going to be quite in -- it's a simple equation.
All we want.
These peace fallout from citizens and by the way.
That's after we would true that's green nines and 67 -- assault occupied territories can you speak to.
It Egypt's role -- -- because there was a report yesterday that that Egypt's prime minister was going to be heading to Gaza.
You and there's a question about what exactly what role would be played and you know Egypt and Israel have had this peace agreement and it's been in place and 79 and once.
Mohamed Morsi took over as -- president.
And he was from the Muslim Brotherhood many started to question oh is he gonna honor that agreement it's critical to peace in the Middle East and your thoughts on the report now that they are getting involved to some extent.
There's a -- a peace agreement between his true companionship that is for the mutual interest synopsis of newsroom and then -- -- but I think it's the bedrock.
Of civility in this region.
So it's important this ceremony -- we really keep that in mind.
-- game in any move on the Egyptian side to try and haven't -- In this situation would be looks upon favorably but it has to be said.
And foremost responsibility for any government and -- -- for its own citizens.
And we cannot we cannot continue with a situation like that.
And Hamas in the sense has turned to the whole region.
They are really the enemies of peace and we should all trying to work together.
To make sure that their military infrastructure is a weakened to such a manner that we would be able to sit down.
With a moderate Palestinians in order to achieve that in -- to.
And maybe peace.
When a volatile.
Situation he's got.
We talked about has the line eleven I definitely infiltration from Libya you've got Hamas in Gaza you've got Iran and its threats that Israel should be wiped -- the face of the map.
Sir thank you for being here in.
But I have to -- into the end that may be we have the scientific evidence that Moses was an enraged navigated to with a for two years to take the Jewish people out of Egypt in the -- us.
And they only -- -- little -- with a neighborhood ninth out hope.
They will be okay.
In the future and we have to really.
-- remind everyone knew that the Israeli citizens -- we speak.
Potting -- it is.
And today and we cannot live this way and I think no democratic society can have that -- -- critics' best drama best you thank you for being here.