Author: Middle East Monitor

  • Israel refuses to release bodies of Palestinians killed in Gaza tunnel blast

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu yesterday refused to return the bodies of the five Palestinians who were found by the Israeli army after the Gaza-border tunnel attack last week. “The government has two major goals. The first is to protect the country, and the second is to build up the country.” Netanyahu said, as quoted by Israel’s Arutz Sheva “We’re working on both simultaneously. We’re defending our country with a simple rule – we attack whoever attacks us and the second [rule] is that we’re not going to give something for nothing,” he added. Referring to the two slain soldiers held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip, Netanyahu stressed that Israel will return its held civilians to their families. “We […]