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Netanyahu explained that the cease-fire currently in effect was identical to a proposal Egypt offered in mid-July, which Israel had accepted and Hamas rejected.

When that proposal was first floated, Netanyahu said about 185 people had died in the conflict. If Hamas hadnít rejected it then, Netanyahu argued, 90 percent of casualties could have been avoided.

More than 60 Israelis, most of them soldiers, died in the conflict and more than 1,800 Palestinians in Gaza, most of them civilians, were killed.

The high Palestinian death toll led to strong international criticism, including from the Obama administration, which urged Israel to do more to prevent civilian deaths.

Israeli officials accused Hamas of using schools and hospitals to hide fighters and weapons. But critics said Israel had used disproportionate force in Gaza.
disproportionate force is called winning.

"perfectly symmetrical violence never solved anything."
Old 08-06-2014, 06:30 PM pyramid is offline  
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