AP INTERVIEW: Israel's Peres defends airstrikes

July 15, 2014 3:56 PM

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AP INTERVIEW: Israel's Peres defends airstrikes

JERUSALEM (AP) — Israeli President Shimon Peres said Tuesday that the killing of civilians by air raids on Gaza presents a moral dilemma, but argued there is scant alternative as long as the Islamic militants who rule the strip refuse to stop sustained rocket fire against Israel.

"There is a moral problem, but I don't have a moral answer to it," said Peres in an interview with the Associated Press. "If they are shooting at us, and don't let our mothers and their children ... have a full night's sleep, what can we do?"

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