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Israeli leader threatens Gaza militants
Israeli leader warns Gaza militants: Those who attack Israel are risking their lives
By The Associated Press

JERUSALEM (AP) ' Israel's prime minister has issued a tough warning to Gaza's Hamas rulers, saying those who attack Israel are risking their lives.

Benjamin Netanyahu voiced the threat in a policy speech to Israel's parliament. He spoke shortly after his foreign minister, Avigdor Lieberman, called on the government to topple the Islamic Hamas regime in Gaza.

The Israeli military has been battling rocket-firing Palestinian militant squads for several days. The fighting has killed at least 10 Palestinian militants and an Israeli civilian. It is the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence in months.



In the speech, Netanyahu vowed to act with "strength and determination" against the militants.

He said: "Whoever attacks Israel is risking his life."

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

JERUSALEM (AP) ' Israel's foreign minister says his country should topple the Islamic Hamas regime in Gaza.

Avigdor Lieberman's comments come after two days of Palestinian rocket attacks against southern Israel, including one that killed an Israeli man. Israel has countered with airstrikes that have killed at least 10 militants. The exchanges mark the worst Israeli-Palestinian violence in months.

Lieberman told a party meeting Monday that it was unfathomable for Israel to accept a climate where every few months, Gaza militants shut down life for more than 1 million Israelis living within rocket range.

Lieberman is known for his fiery nature and harsh criticism of Palestinians. It wasn't clear whether he was expressing his own opinion or government policy.


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