Israeli Ambassador: Gaza Lull Deceptive

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CBNNews.com - Israeli U.N. Ambassador Dan Gillerman said the reduction in Hamas-fired rocket attacks on southern Israel over the past few weeks is deceptive.

"The rockets out of Gaza have not stopped. Hamas is using this time to smuggle in and produce more rockets," Gillerman warned. "It is a silent promise -- a promise of what is to come next -- more terror and more violence, more extremism and more bloodshed," he said.

"Though some wish to refer to the apparent lull in Hamas rocket attacks, I must warn that the perceived quiet is only on the surface. The bombs keep ticking, albeit quietly," he said.

Gillerman was responding to a lengthy anti-Israel diatribe by PLO UN observer, Riyad Mansour, at the Security Council's monthly meeting, which equated terrorism with Israel's response to rocket attacks.

"The misguided tendency to accept the status quo of terrorism is simply unacceptable," Gillerman said.

"Such parity, which is often in the name of an ill-conceived balance, undermines the strength and credibility of moderate states to bolster one another and isolate the extremists," he told Security Council members.

Gillerman also said Israel should not negotiate with Hamas on any level.

"Dealing with extremists is a zero-sum equation," he said.

The response by Palestinians to the March 6 terror attack on Jerusalem's Mercaz HaRav yeshiva (seminary), which left eight dead and 12 wounded, is irrefutable evidence of the problem.

"As mothers and fathers were called to retrieve the remains of their slaughtered sons, the extremists in Gaza rejoiced at the spilling of Israeli blood," Gillerman said.

"If anyone doubted what the extremists stand for, the reaction in Gaza to the murder of eight Israeli boys sets the record straight," he said.

"It was also a stark reminder that these were the same people who danced on the rooftops after September 11," Gillerman said.

Sources: YNet news, The Jerusalem Post

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