Israeli Foreign Minister Defends Military Strikes Against Gaza

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Washington (AP) Israel’s foreign minister says the jewish state had “no alternative” but to launch a series of attacks in Gaza.

Tzipi Livni says her country “tried everything in order to avoid this military operation,” but that Israel would not live under attack by Hamas.

Livni says, “Israel is looking to give its citizens a decent life, the right to live in peace and quiet like any other citizens in the world.”

The foreign minister, interviewed Monday on CBS’s “The Early Show,” says she wishes Israel could live in peace, “but this is not the situation unfortunately.”

The Bush administration has blamed the renewed violence on Hamas, which controls the Gaza strip. The United States says Hamas broke a cease-fire by firing rockets and mortars deep into Israeli territory. The Arab world, however, has reacted with rage to the aggressive Israeli counterattacks, which has killed and injured hundreds.

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