Daily Israel Report

Watch: Danny Danon Tells BBC 'We Won't Sit Back and be Attacked'

Former Deputy Defense Minister defends IDF conduct in Gaza during Operation Protective Edge.
By Sarah Leah Lawent
First Publish: 7/24/2014, 7:17 PM

Danny Danon
Danny Danon
Flash 90

In a televised interview with the BBC, MK and former Deputy Defense Minister Danny Danon was questioned as to the morality of the decisions made by the IDF and the Israeli government regarding Israel’s Operation Protective Edge in Gaza.

Although the interviewer downplayed the role of Hamas’s responsibility in the events taking place vis-à-vis civilians in Gaza, Danon persisted in his efforts to present a more balanced picture of the conflict, explaining that despite the IDF’s efforts to avoid collateral damage, the civilians in Gaza were in the untenable position of being held hostage in their own homes by Hamas.

“Do you have any better ideas? What would you have us do…sit idly by and be attacked?” he queried.

As noted at the start of the interview, Danon was recently fired as Deputy Defense Minister after attacking Prime Minister Netanyahu's decision to accept a ceasefire with Hamas, which eventually broke down when Hamas refused to accept it.