In a powerful address, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel is at war, emphasizing that it was a conflict they did not seek but was forced upon them in a brutal and savage manner.
“Israel didn’t start this war, but Israel will finish it,” Netanyahu stated with conviction.
He recalled the history of the Jewish people being stateless and defenseless but emphasized that this is no longer the case. Israel stands resolute in the face of aggression.
Netanyahu warned Hamas that their actions would have grave consequences: “Hamas will understand that by attacking us, they have made a mistake of historic proportions. We will exact a price that will be remembered by them and Israel’s other enemies for decades to come.”
The Prime Minister condemned the horrendous attacks perpetrated by Hamas, describing them as mind-boggling. These attacks included slaughtering families in their homes, massacring hundreds of young people at an outdoor festival, and kidnapping of women, children, and the elderly, even Holocaust survivors.
Netanyahu expressed his disdain for Hamas, equating them with ISIS, and called for the forces of civilization to unite in support of Israel, just as they did to defeat ISIS. He thanked President Biden for his unequivocal support and leaders worldwide who stand with Israel.
He also expressed gratitude to the United States and its Congress, highlighting that Israel’s fight against Hamas is not just for its own people but for every country that opposes barbarism.
Netanyahu remained confident that Israel would emerge victorious in this war and stressed that when Israel wins, the entire civilized world wins.
Till now, Israel launched airstrikes on the Palestinian enclave of Gaza, resulting in hundreds of casualties. This retaliation came after one of the deadliest attacks by Hamas, where they killed 700 Israelis and abducted dozens more.
The situation has escalated tensions in the region, reminiscent of the Yom Kippur War 50 years ago, raising concerns about the continuation of the long-standing conflict.
Prime Minister Netanyahu’s promise of “mighty vengeance” underscores the gravity of the situation as Israel and Hamas remain locked in a cycle of violence with uncertain outcomes.