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Rivlin calls global leaders, asks them to condemn Iran-backed terrorism

President Reuven Rivlin says he has been calling his global counterparts to update them on the situation and ask them to condemn the Iran-backed terrorism from Gaza.

Rivlin speaks with the presidents of Germany, Austria and Bulgaria and with the president of the European Council.

“We will defend our citizens in every way necessary, and we will not stand by while we are being fired on. We will continue to attack those firing incessantly on our innocent civilians, and we will silence them,” Rivlin says in a statement.

“After several days of disorder on the streets of Jerusalem, Hamas has fired hundreds of rockets on Israel, targeting our capital Jerusalem, and houses on the outskirts of the city have been damaged,” Rivlin says.

“Hundreds of thousands of children and their families, most of Israel’s population, are in bomb shelters even now,” he says he emphasized to his counterparts. “The rockets do not distinguish between Jews and Arabs.”

The president says that Israel is clear that the Gaza terror groups are backed by Iran and that “we are also looking north, to Iran’s northern proxy in our area – Hezbollah.”

“No country in the world would allow brutal attacks like this and we will also not stand by. We will defend our citizens in every way necessary, and we will not stand by while we are being fired on. We will continue to attack those firing incessantly on our innocent civilians, and we will silence them,” he says.

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