Israel has promised to end all forms of attacks on Israeli citizens. Michael Freeman, Ambassador of Israel to Nigeria, made this known while addressing newsmen on Wednesday in Abuja.
Freeman, also Permanent Representative of Israel to ECOWAS, expressed concerns over the alleged killings of more than 1,000 unsuspecting civilian Israeli citizens by Hamas group, describing such as terrorism.
According to him, Israel will do what it ought to do, to end wars against Hamas attacks.
Freeman said, “So, Israel is going to react, we have declared war on Hamas.
“It is important to state at this point that this is not a war that is between Israel and Palestine; this is not about Israel and Palestine.
“This is about Israel and Hamas, this is about good and evil, this is about civilization and barbarism.
`Either you stand with people who are defending themselves or you stand with those who cut the heads of babies.
“That is what this is about, it is not about anything else.”
He assured of Israel’s plan to do everything within its ambit to avoid civilian casualties in the course of the war against Hamas.
He mentioned that the Israeli move would not be about religion or Islam, Judaism or Christianity, but evil and good.
The ambassador further said that Israel did not desire war in any circumstances, but would remain committed to protecting its citizens in all possible ways.
“If Hamas will surrender this will be over tomorrow morning, if terrorism will be over that is not realistic.
“I am not asking the Palestinians anything, I am saying to the Palestinians I want a better day. I am saying this with focus on Hamas.
“I am focused on dealing with Hamas and I am focused on stopping it,” the envoy added.
Earlier, the Palestinian Ambassador to Nigeria, Abdallah Shawey, underscored the need for application of international laws to resolve the lingering crisis between Palestine and Israel.
Shawey, who made the call while commenting on the on-going war between the two countries, urged the international community to stop treating Israel as a nation above the law.
In his response on the Palestinian Government position about Hamas, the envoy said the group was not a terrorist organisation.
According to him, there should be fair treatment of all parties, saying the lives of all individuals mattered and thereby, condemned the incessant killings on-going in both countries.
Shawey said, “ The group is not a terrorist organisation, but it is fighting the course of the people, to liberate their land from Israeli occupation.
“The ceasefire agreement between the warring parties depends on Israel, which owns a comprehensive military formation with support from allies like the United States.
“Many women and children were killed, medical doctors displaced and ambulances destroyed in the renewed onslaught, the oldest churches in the world were destroyed by the Israeli forces.”
Hamas is a Palestinian political and militant organisation that governs the Gaza Strip, one of the two Palestinian territories with presence in the West Bank.