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This morning in the Israeli Gaza Strip.
As another round of air strikes rains down on the region this as Israel's prime minister.
Benjamin Netanyahu warned she is prepared to significantly expand the operation there meanwhile.
US officials moving to.
Fearing it could -- Egypt into that conflict joining us now to shed light on this as the consul general to Israel.
Ambassador Hedo -- -- -- good to see you ambassador thanks for being here thank you for having me the latest is what we just said the Benjamin not -- then Netanyahu told the cabinet he's ready to significantly expand its operation in Gaza.
Is Israel prepared for a ground invasion into Gaza.
And what could -- that.
The look the mandate of the operation form the very inception was to remove.
This strategic threat posed by thousands of rockets on on Israelis.
Innocent Israelis paralyzing our entire southern region so the goal was to remove that threat.
And the mandate given to -- defense forces from the government was not limited in time -- in scope.
So in other words the possibility.
Of Israel moving in would ground forces certainly exists.
It depends on -- the operation develops on the ground right now.
Hamas is still firing rockets from Hamas is still.
Displaying a tremendous -- of aggression toward Israel and the purpose of the of the of this operation is to.
Eliminate that threat.
More than 11100 rockets have been launched from Gaza into Israel in this year alone just this morning I read about one that was shot down by the iron dome system headed towards Tel Aviv.
The question is this though Benjamin Netanyahu is all about.
Red lines he let us know that in front of the UN when he said here's our red line in terms of Iran's uranium enrichment so where's the Red Line.
In terms of this aggression shown by Gaza by Hamas.
Look the problem we have with Hamas.
Didn't start yesterday we we are -- -- organization.
That is not willing to accept Israel's right to exist.
So obviously there are no easy solutions when you're facing an enemy.
Who's not even willing to recognize your right to exist doesn't even value the same values -- -- -- celebrate life whether.
Nurtures the culture of death and they're actually saying.
All you have to do is read -- charter and see what they think about Israel what they think about the United States.
And when you look at the map it is of course it tells the picture tells the whole story when you look at where Israel is and what it's surrounded by more importantly.
You get a sense of how'd how frightening that situation is for Israel.
Here's the question though when you have Egypt when you have Tunisia.
All democratically elected government all US allies appearing to support Hamas.
What does that do to your position in the region will.
And to -- this operation we assume that some of the countries surrounding us -- not going to be happy about it.
But in the end of the day our job as the only.
-- -- Democracy in the region.
Is to provide safety and security -- our people.
I had the privilege of hearing the mayor of Stew wrote David Bruschi led the other day describing how since 2005 when Israel pulled out of Gaza is little tunnel 25000 people had to endorse.
Over 8000 rockets and missiles went to -- think about it I want our viewers to think about.
What would have happened here in Manhattan if we had only one rocket.
-- war that's sort happened clearly and this little town have to suffer 8000 of them and seven years so this is unthinkable for us to continue to allow Hamas continue.
To paralyze our allies not to mention the loss of life.
Inflicted on us not to mention.
The damage to Israel's economy that is estimated in the billions.
It is frightening situation clearly you're not disagreeing with the fact that Hamas has some support in the region and that make the situation.
Warrants to -- go forward ambassador -- her own and we appreciate you being here for thank you for having me coming up.
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