Announcing the formation of a “national emergency government” with the addition of Benny Gantz’s National Unity party, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says, “the people of Israel are united, and now the leadership is also united. We put all other considerations aside, because the fate of the nation is at stake. We will work together, side by side, for the citizens of Israel and the state of Israel.”
“We saw the wild animals. We saw the barbarians we are facing. We saw a cruel enemy. An enemy worse than ISIS. We saw boys and girls, bound, shot in the head. Men and women burned alive. Young women raped and slaughtered. Fighters decapitated… In one place, they set fire to tires around them, and burned them alive.”
“How staggering the atrocity. How great the pain,” he says in a televised address that Israel is now on the attack.
He says every family in Israel knows somebody who was killed. We all know families whose loved ones were murdered. But he also cites the acts of heroism of those who fought the Hamas terrorists. “And we will all fight for the home,” he says.
He says Israel’s unity is resonating worldwide, and was exemplified in President Biden’s support.
“We are fighting with full force, on every front, we have gone onto the attack. Every member of Hamas is a dead man,” he adds.
Hamas is Islamic State, he says, and Israel will destroy Hamas just as the world destroyed Islamic State. “The people of Israel lives, and together we will win,” he concludes.