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Israel and the US have agreed to work together to prevent the smuggling of weapons from Iran to Gaza, Netanyahu says

Last modified: 21 Nov 2012 23:10

Israel and the US have agreed to work together to prevent the smuggling of weapons from Iran to armed groups in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu said on Wednesday.

"Israel cannot sit idly by as its enemies strengthen themselves with weapons of terror so I agreed with President (Barack) Obama that we will work together - Israel and the United States - against the smuggling of weapons to  terror organisations, most of which comes from Iran," he said in a televised  address.

His remarks were made as an Egyptian-brokered truce agreement went into effect, ending more than a week of bloodshed ending eight straight days of bloodshed in and around Gaza.

Netanyahu said that Israel's Operation Pillar of Defence began after increasing attacks by Gaza fighters.

"I said we'd extract high price from terror organisations. The terror organisations thought we'd refrain from strong action. They were wrong," he said.

Israel, he said, had hit Hamas commanders, had destroyed thousands of rockets and had wrecked Hamas command centres in its relentless aerial bombing campaign which began on November 14 with the targeted killing of Hamas military chief, Ahmed Jabari.

The Israeli army also claimed success in the operation, which killed 155 Palestinians and seen more than 1,300 rockets fired over the border, killing five Israelis, one of whom was a soldier.

"Following eight days of operations, the IDF (Israeli Defence Forces) has accomplished its pre-determined objective for Operation Pillar of Defense, and has inflicted severe damage to Hamas and its military capabilities," the army said in a statement. 

[AFP]