Netanyahu: 'Hypocrisy of South Africa screams to the heavens'

After opening of trial at World Court, PM says 'Israel accused of genocide while fighting against genocide,' reiterates 'IDF does everything to avoid harming non-combatants'
Against the backdrop of the Hague hearing on South Africa's accusations that Israel is committing genocide in the Gaza Strip, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu sharply criticized the accuser Thursday evening, saying that the “hypocrisy of South Africa screams to the heavens."
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"We are fighting terrorists, we are fighting lies," Netanyahu said. "Today we saw an upside-down world. Israel is accused of genocide while it is fighting against genocide."
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Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu
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"Israel is fighting murderous terrorists who carried out crimes against humanity: They slaughtered, they raped, they burned, they dismembered, they beheaded - children, women, elderly, young men and women," he said.
"The hypocrisy of South Africa screams to the heavens," Netanyahu said. "Where was South Africa when millions of people were killed or torn from their homes in Syria and Yemen, by whom? By partners of Hamas."
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The South African delegation to World Court
The prime minister reiterated that "the IDF, the most moral army in the world, does everything to avoid harming non-combatants, and is accused by representatives of monsters of 'genocide'."
He concluded, "We know where we stand - we will continue to fight the terrorists, repel the lies and maintain our just right to defend ourselves and ensure our future - until total victory."
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