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Sirens sound in Jerusalem is Israel a -- soldiers in tanks near the Gaza border as violence escalates in the Middle East.
Is Israel on the brink of an all out war with Hamas David Siegel is the Israeli consul -- also -- Israeli defense force.
-- knows these conflicts well David I see this morning.
Good to be on your -- thank you that is the question this morning we keep seeing headlines this morning will there be an all out war between Hamas and Israel.
Well you know.
It's up to Hamas because Hamas is firing hundreds.
Of rockets and our civilian population.
You know as Americans are preparing for Thanksgiving and holiday season we have.
Five million Israelis and fortunately in bomb shelters this weekend in the most of this week.
Because these rockets are being fired indiscriminately.
As your reporting into the holy city of Jerusalem into Tel Aviv.
So millions of people -- bomb shelters because Iran's terrorist -- Hamas is firing these Iranian supplied missiles into Israel.
So we need to put a stop to it this is what this operation is about it's purely defensive to put a stop to the rocket fire.
Now we've seen and everything that I've been reading about this seems like this is -- changing face of this type of conflict and we haven't seen.
This escalation before and the nature of it because now they have long range missiles and a broader arsenal than they've ever had before the ability to reach Jerusalem.
The ability to hit these targets inside Israel.
And this is of major concern are you getting the support.
From the United States that you need to protect yourselves.
We're getting full support we're very appreciative of it.
Both political support from the entire US government in congress.
And also the support through.
These are -- and defense.
These iron dome systems that are knocking out these rockets from the sky and protecting our cities we've had over 200 rockets -- were taken out of the sky.
Over Israel's main population centers over the last three days thanks to this US Israel.
Programs -- were deeply appreciative to the American people today.
Our question no amount to support from Egypt inside inside the Gaza Strip this morning.
What are your concerns about other support coming the other way and supporting Hamas.
Well we were calling on the world to put pressure.
On Hamas to stop the terrorist bombings of Israel if they do we can.
That they'll continue playing be constructive role that -- -- played in the past.
In helping us broker a cease fire so that the terrorists stop rocketing our civilian population.
Are you concerned though coming across the border we have these large swaths of open area have you seen movement troop movements.
And are there any concerns that this could escalate on the ground as opposed to the air.
Well we're very concerned about the situation.
Firing on Jerusalem especially before the holiday season and Christmas is a very very serious.
Escalation we haven't had this kind of occurrence in Jerusalem and over half a century.
So we need to put a stop to it and we'll do everything we can to defend.
Our population including using ground troops if we need to at this point we're preparing we're preparing that option.
And we hope very much that the terrorists get the message stop the bombing of Israel.
-- Israel prepared to defend itself.
Did we appreciate you joining us this morning please keep us up to date here on the developments on the ground there.
Thank you -- him.
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