Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Credit: Cherie Cullen.

( Israel “doing better” than it was at this time last year despite currently facing a “harsher reality,” Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told Israel Hayom in an interview published on the eve of Rosh Hashanah.

“The reality around us is that radical Islam is marching forward on all fronts,” Netanyahu said. “This reality poses a challenge for us, as well as for the rest of the world. One of my duties as prime minister is making sure the world understands that our war against these Islamic organizations and states, as well as against the Islamic Republic of Iran, is their war as well.”

“We are actually doing better now because on one of those fronts Hamas has received a debilitating blow, the likes of which it hasn’t received since it seized control of the Gaza Strip,” said the prime minister. “We targeted each of Hamas’s capabilities and we set it back years–its rocket stockpiles, by killing 1,000 terrorists, destroying terror tunnels, demolishing terror towers, and crippling infrastructures Hamas spent years building.”

Netanyahu said he believes Israel “achieved the operation’s objective, meaning achieving lasting peace and quiet by re-establishing deterrence via dealing [Hamas] a massive blow.”

“What happens if they try again? They will be dealt a doubly debilitating blow–and they know it,” he said.

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