Israeli Ambassador thanks Georgia for support

Israeli Ambassador has released a special statement thanking Georgian government and people. Photo by N. Alavidze/, 15 Jul 2014 - 12:55, Tbilisi,Georgia

Israeli Ambassador to Georgia Yuval Fuchs is thanking Georgia for offering support and solidarity to Israel as the country faces ongoing attacks.

Fuchs released a special statement that said the proactive stance of the Georgian Government and its people had, once again, proven their friendship to Israel.

"Nearly 10 years ago Israel came out of Gaza. This was not an easy decision but based on our interests we took this step,” he said in the statement.

"From the Gaza Strip, which is controlled by Hamas, we have received thousands of rockets in response, which have been directed towards our towns and citizens in recent years,” Fuchs said.

He said Israel needed to defend itself and like any Government, Israel had the right to protect itself from bombs and save millions of people who lived in the areas targeted by Hamas rockets.

"I respect and appreciate the solidarity that the Georgian Government and its people have expressed towards Israel. I want to specifically thank Prime Minister [Irakli] Garibashvili and each member of the Georgian Government for their concern of the situation in Israel and for [freely publicising] the fact that Israel has a right of self-defence,” he said.

"Throughout the last few days I have received many letters from Government members and friends, which were filled with concerns and solidarity. Thank you very much,” Fuchs’ statement read.

Yesterday the Georgian Prime Minister released a special statement that expressed "deep concern” about missile strikes on Israel.

"The Government believes that every state has the right to defend itself from external threats and [Georgia] supports Israel's right to defend their country, people's lives and safety," Garibashvili’s statement read.

Just before situation got intense in Gaza Strip, Yuval Fuchs has given an exclusive interview. You can read it here .