Prime Minister: Israel can lose on PR but not security

Prime Minister: Israel can lose on PR but not security

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TEL AVIV, ISRAEL - JULY 22: (ISRAEL OUT) Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a press conference with Secretary General of The United Nations Ban Ki- Moon on July 22, 2014 in Tel Aviv, Israel. As operation 'Protective Edge' enters the third week, death tolls continues to mount, with 27 Israeli soldiers dead and over 500 people killed in Gaza, the vast majority being civilians. (Photo by Lior Mizrahi/Getty Images)

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by AP

KMOV.com

Posted on July 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM

WASHINGTON (AP) -- Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says he realizes world opinion might be shifting away from his nation with every Palestinian civilian’s death, but adds that the public relations battle cannot supersede Israel’s security.

Netanyahu told CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday that Palestinians are using their civilians as what he calls “human shields” against Israel’s military campaign into Gaza. Netanyahu says his nation’s efforts to secure itself will not yield despite growing concern about deaths at the hands of Israel’s lethal force.

Netanyahu insists Israel is not targeting civilians but says that Hamas wants non-military bodies to pile up for cameras to capture. He says the Palestinians must be both discredited and disarmed.

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