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Wed Aug 6, 2014, 03:38 PM

1. Netanyahu: Gaza operation 'justified, proportionate'

JERUSALEM (AFP) -- Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday launched a vigorous defence of Israel's month-long conflict in Gaza as "justified" and "proportionate," blaming Hamas for the heavy Palestinian civilian death toll.

"I think it was justified. I think it was proportionate and that doesn't in any way take away the deep regret we have for the loss of a single civilian casualty," he told a news conference in Jerusalem in response to a question from the US news channel CNN.

He said it would have been disproportionate to not "defend your people and giving the terrorists a license to kill."

In his first public remarks since a 72-hour ceasefire came into effect on Tuesday, Netanyahu told local and foreign journalists that the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas was to blame for the heavy destruction and civilian casualties.

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