Israeli president defends airstrikes in Gaza, killing Hamas operatives: ‘We are fighting terror’

Israel President Reuven Rivlin defended the airstrikes in Gaza and the killing of Hamas operatives, saying that “we are fighting terror” and that there is “no other option” but to take strong action against those who threaten the safety and security of the country and its citizens. He noted that Israel respects the right of Palestinians to live in peace, but will not allow any group to use terror or violence to achieve its objectives. Rivlin expressed his support for the Israeli Defense Forces, which he said is acting professionally and responsibly to protect the country. He urged both sides to avoid further violence and work towards a diplomatic solution to the conflict.