In implicit response to Biden, Netanyahu reposts days-old speech rejecting external pressure

Lazar Berman is The Times of Israel's diplomatic reporter

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day for the six million Jews killed during World War II, at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on May 5, 2024. (Menahem Kahana / AFP)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks during a ceremony marking Holocaust Remembrance Day for the six million Jews killed during World War II, at the Yad Vashem Holocaust Memorial in Jerusalem on May 5, 2024. (Menahem Kahana / AFP)

In what appears to be a response to US President Joe Biden’s decision to suspend key weapons shipments to Israel and his threat that more will follow, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu posts on X footage of his speech at Yad Vashem earlier this week, in which he said that Israel will stand alone against Hamas if it must.

“Today, we again confront enemies bent on our destruction,” says Netanyahu in the clip from a Holocaust Remembrance Day event in Jerusalem. “I say to the leaders of the world — no amount of pressure, no decision from any international forum, will stop Israel from defending itself.”

“If Israel is forced to stand alone,” he pledges, “Israel will stand alone.”

He adds that “countless decent people around the world support our just cause.”

“We will defeat our genocidal enemies,” he continues. “Never again is now.”

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