Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman accused Hamas of holding the Palestinians in Gaza hostage following the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to investigate Israel for the high death toll in the violent clashes this week along the border. He also said that the terrorist group remains intent on destroying Israel.


Liberman Photo Credit: Yonatan Sindel/Flash 90

On Friday evening, Israeli Defense Minister Avigdor Liberman slammed the UN Human Rights Council’s decision to investigate Israel for the Gaza border clashes. “The Human Rights Council hasn’t ever contacted Hamas demanding that the Red Cross be able to evaluate our people they are holding captive—but in this case, they immediately jump,” Liberman told Hadashot news.

“You need to understand: there are two million people who have been taken hostage by Hamas,” Liberman added, referring to the population in Gaza. Liberman also said that there is no chance of Israel changing its diplomatic orientation toward Gaza before Hamas returns the Israeli civilians and bodies of fallen IDF soldiers that are being held captive in the coastal enclave.

“Hamas is not ready to disarm or erase the article in its charter about the destruction of Israel,” he added. “[It] also isn’t ready to give up the right of return. The protesters were carried out under two banners—destroy Israel and the return of the Palestinians.”

Earlier this week, over 60 Palestinians were killed in violent clashes with the IDF on the same day that the US moved its embassy to Jerusalem. According to the IDF, at least 24 of them were terrorists. The IDF’s claim was later echoed by a senior Hamas member, who admitted that at least 50 of those killed in the deadly clashes were members of the group.