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US secretary of defense: Actions of Hamas are ‘worse than what I saw with ISIS’

Amy Spiro is a reporter and writer with The Times of Israel

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meet in Tel Aviv on October 13, 2023. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu (right) and US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin meet in Tel Aviv on October 13, 2023. (Amos Ben Gershom/GPO)

US Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin says he believes that in many ways the Hamas terror group is worse than ISIS.

“We’re with you, Mr. Prime Minister, and as the president said, we have your back,” Austin tells Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a meeting in Tel Aviv. “It’s an awful week… disgusting acts by this terrorist group.”

Austin tells Netanyahu: “As you know, I was the guy that initially put the ISIS campaign together and I know a lot about ISIS, and this is worse than what I saw with ISIS.”

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