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Israeli Arab MP: Gaza campaign was launched "to strengthen [Netanyahu's] rule at the expense of Palestinian blood"

On Nov. 14, 2012, Israel began an aerial offensive in the Gaza Strip called Operation Pillar of Defense, with the aim of crippling the terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and protecting Israeli civilians from Hamas rocket fire. Israeli Arab member of Israeli parliament Muhammad Barakeh on the Israeli offensive:
”Barakeh: Netanyahu has decided to strengthen his rule at the expense of Palestinian blood"
“Chairman of [Israeli party] Hadash and [Israeli-Arab] Member of the Israeli Parliament Muhammad Barakeh said yesterday evening [Nov. 14, 2012] that the Prime Minister of the occupation, Benjamin Netanyahu, has decided to strengthen his rule at the expense of Palestinian blood. He added that Netanyahu strives to stay in office and hinder the acceptance of the State of Palestine as a member of the UN. Barakeh added: ‘The Netanyahu-Liberman-Barak government, along with the military establishment… knew what the best timing was to carry out the terrorist crime of assassination. It was preceded by a row of assassinations of [other] Palestinian activists as an attempt to draw a response from the Palestinian factions after which a broader attack [by Israel] against the Gaza Strip would follow.’”
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