ISRAEL AT WAR - DAY 146

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Ministers stand in silence for fallen; Netanyahu tells them: ‘Hamas thought we would break; we will break Hamas’

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the members of the national emergency government stand in silent tribute to the victims of Hamas's October 7, 2023, terror onslaught, October 15, 2023. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the members of the national emergency government stand in silent tribute to the victims of Hamas's October 7, 2023, terror onslaught, October 15, 2023. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu begins the weekly cabinet meeting with a moment of silence “in memory of our brothers and sisters who were murdered in cold blood, and our heroic warriors who fell in battle.”

The crowded room, with the government now featuring 38 ministers, stands in silent tribute to those who have been lost.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (L) and the members of the national emergency government meet on October 15, 2023. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

Netanyahu notes that it is the first meeting of the emergency war government, and that five members of the National Unity party are present — Benny Gantz, Gadi Eisenkot, Chili Tropper, Gideon Sa’ar and Yifat Shasha-Biton.

“Hamas thought we would break; we will break Hamas,” Netanyahu says.

“We are working around the clock as a team, with a united front,” he says. “Our unity conveys a clear message to the people, the enemy and to the world,” he says.

“I saw our wonderful warriors who are now on the front line. They know that the entire nation is behind them,” he says.

“They understand the magnitude of the task. They are ready to act at any moment, to exterminate the bloody monsters that rose up against us,” he says.

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