The US Consulate General offers emergency help for US citizens seeking to leave the Gaza Strip. Those eligible are advised to contact the Jerusalem consulate with their passport information, as well as details on their spouses and children under 18, by Friday at 8 a.m..
Diaspora Affairs Minister Naftali Bennett sends out a letter urging continued support for Israel during this operation, and decrying Hamas’s actions for endangering both Israeli and Palestinian civilians.
“As a nation that sanctifies life, we have done and will continue to do everything possible to prevent civilian casualties. But as you know, Hamas targets Israeli citizens while hiding behind Palestinian citizens. Hamas is responsible for any harm that comes to Israeli and Palestinian civilians alike,” he writes.
“It is imperative that the world hears the truth and understands that Israel is acting in self-defense. It is our duty,” he adds.