Cameron Shouts Out Support for Israel's Right to Defend Itself

British Prime Minister tells Jewish Chronicle equivalence between Hamas and Israeli forms of attack against each other is 'wrong' and 'unfair.'

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British Prime Minister David Cameron speaking at a school in Poole, England, December 15, 2014.Credit: Reuters
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Britain's prime minister not only backs Israel's right to have defended itself last summer in Gaza, but it is "important to speak out " about that right, according to the Jewish Chronicle.

“What I’ve seen is the attacks that take place on Israel and the indiscriminate nature of them," Prime Minister David Cameron told the JC in an interview to be published in full on Thursday. "As PM, putting yourself in the shoes of the Israeli people, who want peace but have to put up with these indiscriminate attacks - that reinforces to me the importance of standing by Israel and Israel’s right to defend itself."

Cameron described as "completely wrong" and "unfair" attempts to draw equivalence between attacks by Hamas and attacks by Israel.

“Because Israel is trying defend against indiscriminate attacks, while trying to stop the attackers – and there’s such a difference between that and the nature of the indiscriminate attacks that Israel receives," he said. "I feel that very clearly. I’ve seen it very clearly as prime minister and I think it’s important to speak out about it."

While Cameron expressed regret for "the loss of life wherever it takes place," he borrowed from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in describing what he said was the important difference: "Israel uses its weapons to defend its people and Hamas uses its people to defend its weapons."

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