National Security

Netanyahu: Imagine 80 Percent of Your Citizens in Bomb Shelters

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appeared on Fox News Sunday to detail his country's fight against Hamas, telling Brit Hume, "I just want your viewers to imagine the United States being bombarded, not in one city or two cities, but in every city between New York and Colorado.

"Maybe 20% of the United States would be exempt from this," he said, "80% of your citizens would have to be in bomb shelters or ready to go into bomb shelters within a minute to a minute and a half max. No country can accept that, we can't accept it, and we'll take the necessary actions to stop it."

Netanyahu stressed that they are making every effort to make surgical strikes against Hamas, and regret any civilian casualties that still occur.

Netanyahu also addressed Iran's recent declaration that they are not attempting to develop nuclear weapons, calling their statement "a joke."

"What are they developing — building these enormous underground nuclear facilities if not for nuclear weapons?" Netanyahu asked.

"This is a sham," he insisted. "I don't think anybody could take this seriously."

The prime minister also expressed the opinion that, when it comes to negotiating a deal with Iran, a bad deal would ultimately be worse than no deal.