Jerusalem – In a shocking turn of events, Hamas launched a brazen attack on Israeli territory during Shabbat and a holiday, resulting in the tragic loss of innocent lives, including children and the elderly.
Israel’s Prime Minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, condemned the assault as a “brutal and evil war” in a press statement issued earlier today.
Netanyahu expressed the nation’s deep sorrow for the devastating loss and emphasized Israel’s determination to prevail, even at an “unbearable price.” He decried Hamas as an enemy bent on indiscriminate violence, targeting children, mothers, and citizens who were merely enjoying the holiday festivities in their homes.
“This is an enemy that murders children and mothers in their homes, in their beds, an enemy that abducts the elderly, children, and young women, that slaughters and massacres our citizens, including children, who simply went out to enjoy the holiday,” Netanyahu stated.
He further vowed to ensure that such a tragedy does not recur in Israel. The entire government stands united behind this decision to confront Hamas head-on.
Netanyahu declared that the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) would use all its strength to obliterate Hamas’s capabilities, exacting revenge for the dark day forced upon Israel and its citizens. Quoting the renowned Israeli poet Bialik, he said, “Revenge for the blood of a little child has yet been devised by Satan.”
“All of the places where Hamas is deployed, hiding, and operating, that wicked city, we will turn them into rubble,” the Prime Minister warned.
Netanyahu issued a message to the residents of Gaza, urging them to leave immediately as Israel prepares to operate forcefully throughout the region. He emphasized that Israel would hold Hamas responsible for the well-being of hostages and wounded individuals.
Expressing solidarity with the southern residents and applauding their heroism, he called on all Israeli citizens to stand together in the face of adversity. He praised the IDF soldiers, police officers, and security forces for their dedication and valor, stating, “You are now fighting for the home and future of us all. We are all with you. We all love you. We all salute you.”
Netanyahu also commended the medical and rescue teams, as well as volunteers who responded to the crisis, and expressed gratitude for the support from world leaders, including US President Biden and leaders of France and Great Britain.
In conclusion, the Prime Minister appealed to all citizens of Israel to unite during this challenging campaign, acknowledging that difficult days lay ahead. He expressed his unwavering belief that, with faith, determination, and international support, Israel would ultimately emerge victorious.
As the situation continues to unfold, Israel braces itself for a protracted and challenging conflict, resolute in its determination to protect its citizens and restore peace to the region.