Israel Defense Forces Bombs Gaza With Paper Leaflets

More killed after ceasefire plans formally rejected.
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Transcript for Israel Defense Forces Bombs Gaza With Paper Leaflets
And. Israel today army -- at least some of their missiles with paper leaflets rained down over northern Gaza with a warning to civilians to clear out before more deadly -- Right now the international hot spot Gaza and Israel. Michelle Franzen -- New York Israel's prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu held a joint press conference. With the Italian foreign minister earlier today. And made his case for the continued their assault on Gaza -- more than 200 people have already been killed. Imagine that -- -- -- Rome Florence and Milan. We're rockets indiscriminately by terrorists. -- makes you. You wouldn't. And your partner and that's what you who was doing and were part of the those -- parliament are -- seeking a political solution rules were part of a student. Disappearance it was a good destruction. And so program we have on -- answer we will fight. And we will defeat. That's something that we are permitted to do and I think that's important for peace. Meantime Israel is warning tens of thousands of residents in northern and eastern Gaza to leave their homes. As it continues airstrikes those attacks resumed overnight after the collapse -- that Egyptian offered cease fire. Killing at least ten more people and bringing the Palestinian death told. To more than 200 here's the BBC's -- -- now with the latest. The cease fire and now seems a long way off. Israel's air raids on Gaza have intensified. Since initial truce efforts failed. -- political targets have been in the frame. Warplanes attacked the homes of top leaders of the is -- -- movement commands. This -- once snapped and the hiring of one of the -- as of last month -- of the Hong. He will then -- when it was hit by an Israeli and strike last night is -- he's in hiding. But -- don't hunt warns mass it would pay a high price for rejecting Egypt's cease fire proposal. And yet locals here agree -- -- should attach strict conditions to any Trace. They want an end to the -- quota restrictions on Gaza imposed by Israel and Egypt. -- must -- made the him Hamels left dissect a one has. And they're meant they would give her -- but in the pipa and we support to -- -- -- solution must be found for us. We are bad enough of living on -- -- look okay. But for now the humanitarian situation is -- -- today leaflets all say dropped from the sky. Thousands of people he -- Israel's warning to leave Gaza's border areas. Many -- taking shelter in schools. On the Israeli side more Simon six -- of Tel Aviv residents. The heads Palestinian rockets have intercepted by the lions and defense system. Israeli officials maintain that then ministry operation is weakening -- -- I think Hamas itself do -- -- accent and because nobody in the world is going to -- -- kidding. -- some polls bill. Israeli troops remain along Gaza's borders. With made progress in diplomatic efforts to secure a cease fire -- growing concern they could soon be engaged in an Eva white a military offensive. -- -- BBC news Gaza City. From Gaza to Tel Aviv in Israel where we are joined now by ABC news international affairs correspondent -- McDonnell. -- Israel is dropping these leaflets over Gaza now telling residents to leave before more bombs fall. Where are they supposed to go. Well I think that's an important question of course we know that the Gaza Strip is a tiny area Arab land way to. Pretty sizable population depending on which estimates you read between one point 41 point. -- median -- inhabiting this tiny area. That's essentially the people that are being leaflet did some of them also receiving recorded phone messages. From the Israeli. Military telling them to get out of their -- Being told that they should go to city. -- -- -- UN spaces UN locations now some of those -- schools some of them might be hospitals. -- -- public facilities. But the UN says that it is overwhelmed at the moment there -- too many people. Going into those spaces for them to cope we've. But I think we've seen evidence in the last few hours all of the impact BC's having on the civilian -- all at population. Gaza the -- and there is ultimately no way really for them to -- Four children who work playing in an area near the beach in Gaza at -- -- at 1 PM local time it's a few hours ago. What kills. When a series of -- -- the lowest in that direction. By the Israeli navy there was the first miss solvent when seen that sent them running and his second and third -- -- -- -- And it killed four of those children a number of them were injured just moments during the yet Twitter feeds from colleagues reporting out of Gaza. It was brought by a hotel where a lot of the foreign journalists is -- And they would then giving first date to some of those children that were wounded by shrapnel. That was sent flying some of them saying that this was personal -- points having to administer. First -- to children -- wounded in this Israeli strike by the navy. -- as Hamas formally rejected the Egyptian cease fire proposal what. For the details of the plan and what part of it that Hamas say that it could not access. Essentially a must said it couldn't extent any of us. The proposal essentially was that they would return to the arrangements of the cease fire. That was agreed at the end all of the lost. Out -- of fighting. A few years ago -- and essentially -- massive what we -- included in putting forward. That documentation. The wording was agreed essentially. By the Egyptian lead -- CC and Benyamin Netanyahu the Israeli prime minister without the inclusion of the Hamas. Political or military -- is therefore they rejected it essentially want that what that saying is that for any cease fire to be put in place. The restrictions and there are severe restrictions. On the border crossings into and -- of the Gaza Strip Hamas says that those need to be lifted in order for them to be unable to -- cease fire. That would mean that. More humanitarian supplies would -- flowing at demo committees -- does allow some. They say that if that were lifted entirely in -- wouldn't need to leave the Gaza Strip. The medical attention as they do now at the mercy of -- sides of the border. Israeli leaders have said they believe Hamas will be defeated but. What does that defeat look like from Israel's point of view. Well Israel doesn't hold a single point of view it depends who you listen to. In the political spectrum is Israel like most democracies have it has a pretty. Broad spectrum of political opinion. Some of those people feel that they would like to see a total -- -- -- All of -- -- there are some members that they conservative right wing members. All of this government say that they would like to see how -- taken out all together. That this operation should not end until the Israeli forces have full control of the Gaza Strip. -- all that much more moderate voices within the Israeli government decided that is not what they want to -- they do not want to find themselves in a position. Where they're effectively administering. Government -- or at least governmental services. Over the Gaza Strip. They simply want -- ends the rockets that are coming out of Gaza. Effectively bring -- quiet back to the population of Israel so you have this diversity of opinion. Even yesterday. Shortly after the cabinet meeting Benyamin Netanyahu the prime minister sacked. The deputy foreign minister because if his comments which -- Pretty aggressive pretty forceful he was publicly. Arguing against the position of the government saying that they should be doing more they should be taking. A more aggressive stop so there is that diversity of opinion at the moment there is pretty -- support I think. Within at least government ranks behind the prime minister's position. Let's talk a little bit about the players in Gaza tell -- who has real control here. Is that the political faction and Hamas there is -- the military wing. I think it's fair to say that no -- single person has total control no single group. Has total control. And I think we've seen that in evidence in the past 24 routes. Throughout the -- -- the talks at least around. A possible cease fire agreement. That's because the political leaders of Hamas must -- in exile living in other countries some of them in Egypt some of them. In cots. Some of them in Syria. And then you have the leadership of the military wing -- has some brigades is -- nine. -- based in the Gaza Strip. And so it what you might have been some scenarios is that political leadership saying well yes. We willing to engage in a discussion about a potential cease fire and then at the same time you might have the military wing -- well we're not interest in not. We want to -- this fight going. And that's ultimately the situation that unfolded. -- today when that Israeli several weeks at the cease fire proposal put forward by Egypt they stopped. Shelling Gaza at 9 AM yesterday. You had some noises coming out of some elements of the political leadership of Hamas saying yes we're involving -- negotiation nothing's agreed yet but we got talking. You had other members of the political leadership sank. No deal here we don't interest that we went included. And in the military wing because some brigades continuing to five rockets throughout so there is that -- disparity of voices and views within that mass leadership. And that you know from the Israeli point of view and also from the international community's point of view does make it difficult in -- of trying to judge. -- the best person to talk to raise. And -- it forget. That unemployment. At least on the surface. We have the Palestinians saying there is a national unity government both Hamas and -- working together and say there are some that say well. If that's the case you should be able to negotiate with -- that we Mahmoud Abbas. He leads the Palestinian Authority but ultimately we know the reality is that even if that would happen. It isn't really have any -- leverage out of those militant groups operating inside the Gaza Strip that a. Firing the rockets and you talked about that international reaction today secretary of state John Kerry was asked about the unsuccessful cease fire. And what the US was going to do next here's what he said. -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- -- And secretary Kerry will be meeting with the president later today do you think. That the US will need to step in and broker a cease fire or is. The first choice still. Well certainly the United States has a role to play here the difficulties. That Egypt has been used in the -- To -- -- cease ties between Hamas. And the Israelis. That the political situation in Egypt has just changed. Dramatically. There was obviously. The long term government led by Hosni Mubarak he was ousted. Through the revolution as a result of the democratic process that we have the Muslim Brotherhood in -- they pretty very unpopular there was -- more protests. And then the military seized control in a courier. And the military leader CC has now retain control through an election. And he's banned the Muslim Brotherhood he's designated them as a terrorist organization. The Muslim Brotherhood and Hamas have these same -- it's historic ties and ongoing. Linkages. And he really has shown no willingness to -- -- shut any lenient towards the Moses of Muslim Brotherhood in his own country. Therefore. What we -- now is that he doesn't really have the same leverage over Hamas that previously -- -- in Egypt have had. And sorry that way we had these cease fire proposal. In the past 48 hours. What we really -- from that is that these new Egyptian government. Doesn't have the ability at least it doesn't seem that they have the ability to negotiate as effectively between Israel. And have -- that they have had in the cost so yes. They may be an important role the United States to -- -- certainly. In forcing the -- he's their involve -- to really focus on the need for a cease side may be that the deaths of these four children. My focus minds the but I think certainly at this point we still in this strange period. -- the cease fire -- -- pot. Whereby no one quite -- who's going to be the force. That pushes -- sides together because ultimately this will have to win in some kind of cease fire. As has been the case in the cost. But you know both sides are a long way -- them I mean in terms of what -- conditions job. Give us -- -- yesterday we had the first Israeli death as a result of rocket fire. At one point at what point that Israel stop countering with airstrikes and move in with troops on the ground. Well I think that's been the question now for some die -- clearly Israel is prepared for a ground offensive. If they make that decision. For the past week we've seen. Israeli troops Israeli tanks. Piling into the border areas yesterday we're at the I headquarters of this Southern Command which is -- only Gaza border. And they certainly a lot of -- led a lot of uniforms. A lot of military hardware and infrastructure in place. Rice around the edges of the Gaza Strip says that decision is night. They certainly ready. I think what we've seen is that at a political level and also at a military level. There's a degree of reluctance in his -- about going in on the ground it presents a whole new. Range of problems and challenges and potential pitfalls. Those being the fact that made it would be. Pretty easy for kidnappings to take place if Israel send a large number of soldiers into the Gaza Strip. They're crazy if that militants operating and it in this -- and obviously for his brother I don't want to have to leave soldiers behind -- In addition I think the region the shape of the region is changing so -- fox don't forget that in the last week there's been shelling coming in. To Israel from to other countries as well from lead the known and also are from Syria. In the north and the east there is a very big civil war raging in Syria. -- -- has strong foothold in Syria and Iraq. -- it essentially this region is a tinderbox I think that Israel tonight the decision to -- in on the ground in the Gaza Strip right now. There is a very high benchmark perhaps a high -- -- Than what there has been before. With all the uncertainty and changes in the region of course you've been in Tel Aviv for a while now we see the scenery behind you life is going on as what appears. Pretty much normal what are you hearing from people on the ground there and how that they want this conflict itself if they see it different than this. Sort of back and -- I think if you could -- you could not skinny -- papal. That question and and get this -- amounts I think everybody here. Has a different opinion. On how they should play out you know I certainly find. Even you know way -- -- tweeting about you know the news the latest updates. On what is going on here. They're -- very few issues that polarize people. As much as Israel and the Palestinians. Even within the Israeli community there is this huge. Divide between what people think about. About what should be done there. You know people on the right there the conservatives that feel that we should eliminate Hamas entirely there -- motorists that feel that a more peaceful approach should be taken. The same as in any society. And the same can be said of the Palestinians as well there that obviously more hawkish. And everything in between. That people feel very very strongly I think there's any great appetite for war and certainly win. People see -- you know you can talk to an Israeli here and they -- deaths of Palestinian children. And of course they feel terrible about it and feel that it shouldn't be happening. That varies in degree of humanity in every population and I think recognizes that the deaths of civilians is not what. Anyone really wants and that is what is happening way that we like you don't -- clearly. There deaths in Gaza outnumbering the deaths in Israel. But the reality is that while some of that this -- attacks on Gaza to kill civilians. The rockets that Hamas -- out of the Gaza Strip. But also indiscriminate. It may be that they know killing people because of the -- done defense system and its success in. Repelling those assaults. The reality is that bombs kill people and regardless of who is firing them. Think people recognize that here but it does have an impact and it does look lovely here where -- -- -- sunset overlooking. Tel Aviv paperless surfing and skateboarding the line. Earlier this morning go to the sirens -- wailing. That -- -- and was in action event the head it was exploding rockets that were coming out of Gaza there with a very loud -- that would kids that went. Heading out for this -- lessons this morning at school holidays sent running into the shelters. In panic because of that the redolent that was going on -- does have an impact. In both sides. And I think united. As he's the case in every -- a conflict that we have a visit is always that the children. That of the ones that seem to be either west effect. ABC news international affairs correspondent -- mister McDonald thank you for joining us mentality. You can keep up with the latest from Israel and Gaza in real time by downloading the ABC news -- and starring. This story for exclusive updates on the -- you've been watching international hot spot I'm Michelle Franzen in New York.

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