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Netanyahu speaking at World Zionist Congress
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Bibi: All of Israel will face Qassams
In speech to World Zionist Congress ahead of realignment, Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu says not enough is being done to prevent rocket fire; 'when I was prime minister there were no Qassams or rockets. When Katyushas were fired from north, we turned off lights in Beirut,' he adds
Likud Chairman Benjamin Netanyahu used a speech to the 35th World Zionist Congress in Jerusalem on Thursday to warn against the government's future realignment plan.


According to Netanyahu, if after the disengagement, barrages of Qassams are fired on Sderot, "after the future withdrawals from the West Bank, the whole country will face Qassams."


The firing of Qassams on Sderot is an international crime, said Netanyahu, adding that not enough was being done to prevent the rocket attacks.

Netanyahu speaks (Photo: Dudi Vaknin)


A police of unilateral withdrawal won't bring international recognition, terror won't stop in its tracks, and what we will get is one thing – Hamas will win, Netanyahu warned.


He added that Hamas leaders must know that eventually our responses will bring an end to their rule.


'No rockets when I was PM'


Netanyahu said that when he was prime minister there were no Qassams or rockets. There were, however, Hibzullah Katyusha rockets in the north. He added: Once, when there was massive Katyusha firing on Kiryat Shmona, I acted and said from the beginning that I would not tolerate having civilians under massive Katyusha firing.


Netanyahu also said he acted against infrastructure in Lebanon, turning out the lights in Beirut, and threatening that this was the first portion. The rocket fire ended and didn't return for years, he said.


Of course one must avoid hitting innocent civilians, said Netanyahu, but they must know that in the end we cannot tolerate Qassam fire on Sderot, he added.


Addressing the threat from the east, Netanyahu said that the Iranian problem is above everything else. The world must unite around the problem, otherwise it will wake up too late. We must do all we can to remove this threat, he concluded.


Responding to a question, Netanyahu discussed the terrorists' special tactics, which he defined as firing on civilians, and hiding behind civilians.


The IDF has the ability to wipe out all of Gaza, said Netanyahu. If the terrorists had the possibility of obtaining a bigger bomb, they would use a bigger bomb, the opposition chairman said.


Netanyahu said that he paid a heavy political price for his economic policy, saying that Israel does not need to develop a policy of poverty.


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