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    Israel faces attacks from Hamas and other terrorist organizations while being subjected to a diplomatic attack led by the Palestinian Authority which seeks to strip the country of its right to defend itself, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced Sunday according to The Jerusalem Post.

    MOSCOW, December 21 (Sputnik) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Sunday that Israel is being attacked on two fronts, fighting with Hamas and facing international diplomatic pressure initiated by the Palestinian Authority, The Jerusalem Post reported.

    "Israel faces attacks from Hamas and other terrorist organizations, and we are subject to a diplomatic attack led by the Palestinian Authority which seeks to strip us of our right to defend ourselves and take away our legitimacy to exist. We are holding off both these attacks at the same time," the prime minister said.

    Netanyahu added that Israel will continue responding to any attacks by Hamas "accordingly and with strength," and urged the international community to reject the initiative on establishment of a Palestinian state.

    The resolution, drafted by the Palestinian Authority and submitted to the UN Security Council on Wednesday, stipulates that Israel should end the occupation of the Palestinian land in 12 months after the document is adopted. Also on Wednesday, the European Parliament passed a resolution backing a two-state solution of the Israeli-Arab conflict.

    Palestinians have sought an independent state in the West Bank, including East Jerusalem, and the Gaza Strip, since the 1967 occupation of the territories by Israeli forces.

    The Hamas movement, in control of the Gaza strip, routinely exchanges strikes with Israel. In the summer, Israel launched Operation Protective Edge against the Hamas forces in Gaza, which killed over 2,000 Palestinians, and 71 Israelis, according to the United Nations. Israel and Hamas later signed an open-ended ceasefire agreement.

    On Wednesday, the European General Court excluded Hamas from its list of terrorist organizations.

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