Benjamin Netanyahu was on “Fox News Sunday” to discuss the conflict with Palestinians, explaining Israel’s mission and stating that it will take "whatever military means" necessary to stop Hamas from bombing civilians.

“Our mission is to restore a sustainable quiet, a sustainable security to our people by seriously degrading Hamas and other terrorist groups’ capabilities in Gaza,” Netanyahu said.

The prime minister said Israel will continue until the goal is achieved, but would not go into details of Israel’s operational response.


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“We can’t enable our population to be under continuous rocket fire. I just want your viewers to imagine the United States being bombarded, not in one city or two cities, but in every city between New York and Colorado. Maybe 20 percent of the United States would be exempt from this, 80 percent of your citizens would have to be in bomb shelters or ready to go into bomb shelters within a minute to a minute-and-a-half max,” Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu also responded to Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif’s denial today that Iran is developing a nuclear weapon.

“It’s a joke, of course they’re developing nuclear weapons,” Netanyahu said, calling Iran “the preeminent terrorist empire of our time.”


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Watch the full interview above.