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Israel shelling of Gaza hospitals ‘needs to be questioned,’ says Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni

July 21st, 2014
02:55 PM ET

By Mick Krever, CNN

Israel’s shelling of hospitals in Gaza “needs to be questioned,” Israeli Justice Minister Tzipi Livni told CNN’s Christiane Amanpour on Monday.

“So we are questioning this and we will make all the facts found public,” she said.

The Shuhada Al-Aqsa hospital in central Gaza was hit by shelling, leaving five people dead - one patient and four relatives, the Gaza Health Ministry said.

“We are not trying and we are not punishing the Palestinian people for what Hamas is doing,” Livni said. “We are trying to target these tunnels, the places in which they hide weapons and missiles.”

“The beginning of these tunnels are within the population centers. They [Hamas] are calling the people, their own people, to stay in places in which we call them to leave because we need to target and to act against these tunnels.”

“It's not like the world is [alone in] feeling uncomfortable. We feel uncomfortable as well.”

Hamas on Sunday claimed that it has captured an Israeli soldier; Israel’s U.N. ambassador has denied that report.

Amanpour asked Livni whether the claim was true.

“I cannot refer to this question,” she said. “I cannot answer this question for now. And if Israel had something to say, we would make a public announcement on this as well.”

soundoff (36 Responses)
  1. jogee

    Terrorism war crimes against humanity brutal terrorism genocide Hollowcaust you should know hey Tzipi Israelis always screaming Hollowcaust and never again well here it is over and over again.

    July 21, 2014 at 5:31 pm | Reply
    • Rachel

      yes, it is all over again, sadly. But who is to 100% to blame? Hamas and his ilk!

      July 23, 2014 at 11:29 am | Reply
  2. ashok

    Whatever the geopolitics and wherever one stands on the divide between two peoples placed together by history, there is a lot of space for humanity that seems to be shrinking. Israelis must sometimes ask themselves if they do not share the Minister's discomfort over what is happening in such an unequal fight.

    July 22, 2014 at 7:24 am | Reply
    • Rachel

      ashok, so you suggest that Israel lay out her arms because it is not a fair/unequal fight? Get Real! Hamas is using their own people as human shield including hospitals, mosques, schools etc shelling rockets at Israel by the thousands and Israel should lay down her arms? you must be kidding....

      July 23, 2014 at 2:17 pm | Reply
  3. Nancy

    Is it OK to kill a human shield? Are we expected to accept this as a good excuse for genocide of civilians in Gaza?

    July 22, 2014 at 8:40 am | Reply
    • Jonathan

      Ohh nancy you're very intelligent i can tell, is it ok to send rockets to israel with human shields?, i would like them to attack your family to see if you would say ohh, we cant fire back because they have civilians with them, let them kill me and my family... the Education in this world is just incredibly bad, thank you for showing us that...

      July 22, 2014 at 3:31 pm | Reply
  4. Jonathan

    I do agree that the number of casualties is really disgusting, but the people of the world has to understand that war is never nice, even less so when you're fighting someone that don't love it's own people, there was a recent poll in gaza (made by a Palestinian) who said that most of the people in Gaza are not happy with the Hamas leaders living perfectly fine in Qatar and their sons in europe, they want a ceasefire, they want peace as everyone else, start by finishing the terrorist group, start by saying i dont want to attack israel, because really! its very dumb to attack someone that has a much better military than yours, and don't start saying settlements, because those are not in Gaza, they are in the west bank and not one rocket has fallen from that side, they have to love themselves to make peace, because Israel is not going away, it is a reality, just accept it and try to do the best you can with what you've got, stop spending all of your money on rockets and spend them on developing you're land, people will say well the blockade! that is not true, if they truly wanted peace and the "singapore" of the middle east, then instead of destroying everything they were given in gaza, they shoul'dve been focusing on developing themselves like the real Singapore did..

    July 22, 2014 at 3:37 pm | Reply
  5. Yani

    Considering Tzipi Livni is a war criminal that was in charge the last time Gaza was bombed, how sweet. Bombing Gaza is what political leaders in Israel do to win votes when they can't think of any other way to brutalize Palestinian to win votes.

    Usually it is before an Israeli election, this time it is before an Palestinian election. The required solution is to stop the 66+ years of ethnic cleansing by the Jewish Zionist Mafia by enforcing the many UN resolutions that Israel has ignored and putting peacekeepers on the ground on Palestinian and at the boarder points. The Jewish community have long ago proved that giving them a state is a recipe to empower the fascism of the Jewish Mafia. The Jewish state has done nothing positive for Palestine or for the world.

    July 22, 2014 at 3:41 pm | Reply
    • Jonathan

      hahahahaha another very educated person, just type quickly in google to search for the positive things Israel and the jewish people across the globe have done and contributed, and then do the same with muslims, and then come back with the results... remember there are approx 13-14 million jews vs more than a billion muslims... do it with any religion, the proportions are just abnormal..

      July 22, 2014 at 3:48 pm | Reply
  6. RLTJ's

    Great Iron dome. Great army. Great strikes. Great kills. It is political defeat Israel is winning for itself there. Damage is done.

    And its enemies can only consolidate their gains. I doubt if they really feel the pains of war. Palestinians could be pawns.

    July 22, 2014 at 8:11 pm | Reply
  7. mark

    If the Palestinians took the Israeli to world court after the 2012 war this will not take place in this new war.

    July 22, 2014 at 8:16 pm | Reply
  8. RLTJ's

    Only U.S., it seems, is really concerned of reining Back Israel in there.

    July 22, 2014 at 8:17 pm | Reply
  9. RLTJ's

    There is a demand behind Palestinians rockets. That is what the thing called terrorism is all about.

    Nobody wants to talk.

    July 22, 2014 at 8:27 pm | Reply
    • RLTJ's

      I mean talk about long forgotten demands and not about Gaza today. [Palestinians are asking for a home country. They are demanding their lands back.]

      Honestly, I think Israel should go back to the day UN created it.

      July 22, 2014 at 8:33 pm | Reply
      • RLTJ's

        that would guarantee the right to peaceful co existence.

        July 22, 2014 at 8:35 pm |
  10. RLTJ's

    Its a long story, but it seems Israel is not going to do that. So, on and on, round and round, with what we see there.

    July 22, 2014 at 8:43 pm | Reply
  11. Omer Khan

    This interview exposes the Israeli offensive, for what it is, targeting and punishing innocent civilians. Thank you for asking the Minister about the hospitals, her response or rather the lack of one should be enough to convince any one about the systematic atrocities being perpetrated against the Palestinians.

    July 23, 2014 at 5:51 am | Reply
    • Rachel

      Get the fact, Mr. Omar Khan and his ilk. Hamas, your lover the cowards, are using human shield, which include, hospitals, schools, mosques etc., from where to launch their deadly rockets into Israel i with intention to kill all Israelis including their own Arab brethren. Peace loving Arabs/Muslims and all of humanity must forcefully eradicate this scourge called Hamas et al. Indeed it is a war, and the inevitable happens innocents are killed very sadly.

      Thank you for showing us your, Amanpour and Omar Khan et al, true face of twisted logic and integrity blaming the victim, Israel. Your, Israel/Jew hatred is glaring.

      July 23, 2014 at 11:27 am | Reply
  12. Rachel

    Ms. Christiane Amanpour,

    I am afraid you continue to not only misrepresenting the facts but you also mislead the public, pardon me. First, you use terms such as "Occupation" and Israel occupies no man land but her own under international law if you care about facts. Secondly, "Palestinians" as a distinct people never existed or do now; they are Arabs of different tribal faction, who fight with each other for power and sadly too many today are terrorist radical Islamists. Your falsehoods helping no one, Arabs or Jews or anyone for this matter; indeed you are not for decent humanity., sadly to say. What a waste of talent!

    Please, your ignorance and lack of journalist integrity is beyond the pale. Thus do make your homework in a profound manner or you will go down in history aiding and abating the terrorists on this planet. Ms. Amanpoure, pardon the pan, but do pour love, honesty on this planet, do get your facts straight! Peace comes where truth/fact are told.

    Stop the lies and falsehoods! Get some facts here:
    And here:

    Please, do not hesitate to contact me if you need more info. or have any questions.

    With best wishes, peace.

    July 23, 2014 at 11:12 am | Reply
  13. Matt

    Well i am not going to call to pull them up on the hospitals, second Livni said why wait until the tunnels are used. Well to act would violation the 2012 ceasefire and start the phone ringing from DC. I am also not making the call to pull the Israeli's up and ceasefire. That is why retired so i don't have to do the US, bidding like forcing settlement freezes, getting Netanyahu to accept a two state solution.

    July 24, 2014 at 8:51 am | Reply
  14. iyke

    Let it be said; two state policy won't work in the middle East for Israel and Palestine. The Land belongs to Israel, its that simple. The Zionist state won't tolerate oppression of any kind. When Schools and health facilities are known to be hideouts for Hamas and their evil croonies. Nobody and place is safe from Israel's target for as long it harbours these evil people inspite of the presence of innocent children. And honestly Hamas should be stopped. They're putting their people in harms way.And the nations sponsoring them have bloods also in their hands. Its on them

    July 24, 2014 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  15. Joe

    Israel, Egypt and America bear responsibility for this tragedy. Why? Because by closing and supporting the closure of borders the ordinary citizens of Gaza are trapped with little or no opportunities. The Gaza economy cannot get off the ground. This economic stagnation breath poverty, despair, resentment, hatred and ultimately violence and support for Hamas. If Israel really wants peace it must take risks. It must sit down with Hamas and agree to end the blockade to allow the Gaza economy to breath and invest in the Gaza economy to give people there hope. Only then as the economy grows and jobs are created for the people of Gaza will the support for a violent Hamas start to fall away bit by bit. Because ordinary people the world over want to live in peace and have a reasonable standard of living and Gaza people are no different. The strategy Israel is currently pursuing is complete folly. It will only fuel increased hatred of Israel and the cycle of violence will continue. We see in Ukraine the international out cry from downed flight MH17 and the call for SANCTION AGAINST RUSSIA. Currently in the Gaza conflict there are equivalent to over 2 MH17 dead. Where is the international out cry for the dead? Where is the call for sanctions? Oh sorry I forgot Israel is a friend and Russia a foe. Now I understand.

    July 24, 2014 at 5:46 pm | Reply
  16. guillermo bonilla

    Como la Cuba y Venezuela Castro Comunistas son la fuente financiación y adiestramiento de los Guerrilleros Narco Traficantes de Colombia y otros subversivos de América Latina, Qatar es la fuente Financista y Autor Intelectual de las masacres de Oriente Próximo; y, por lo tanto son culpables directos de la Masacre Palestina y de todas subversiones islámicas, que hacen las Naciones Unidas para frenar a estos criminales de Qatar….?

    July 25, 2014 at 12:40 pm | Reply
  17. maud manyore

    its just like someone jumping out of a very fast moving bus and would want to blame on the roadsides for not catching him-saving him from danger.They always say ,cut your jacket according to your size.Palestine started it,so let them enjoy them fruits of want they have planted.Why building tunnels on public places.That's what is called human sacrifice.just like trying to blame someone on the deaths of those crushed in the 9/11 planes into the twin tower.Palestine is just like one of those who crushed the 9/11 planes into the twin tower killing innocent people the civilians in Gaza are just like the innocent people who were on board the 9/11 plane hamas as the ruthless terrorist who high jurked the planes.i rest my case

    July 25, 2014 at 2:00 pm | Reply
  18. Drsan

    Consider this scenario.Native American Indians decide that they need their rightful homeland. They acquire a powerful weapon and capture bulk of the United states leaving a strip of land on either side for the others. If that is fair then the Israeli occupation is fair.Human rights are the same for everyone,whether they are Hindu,muslim,jew or Christian, white or black.

    July 26, 2014 at 12:57 am | Reply
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