Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel is now at war after a devastating surprise attack by Hamas on Saturday. The attack, which unfolded with startling swiftness, has plunged the nation into a state of chaos and crisis.
Israel at War
The Prime Minister’s stern message to the nation was straight to the point: “Citizens of Israel, we are at war.
Not an operation, not a round [of fighting] at war! This morning, Hamas initiated a murderous surprise attack against the state of Israel and its citizens.”
Netanyahu’s statement, filmed at the Israel Defense Forces headquarters in Tel Aviv, came amidst a barrage of rockets from Hamas and the infiltration of hundreds of gunmen into Israeli towns and communities across the border with Gaza.
A Heavy Toll
The toll on Israeli lives was already significant, with at least 200 people confirmed killed and over 1,400 wounded by evening.
Netanyahu’s Urgent Directive
As gun battles raged between IDF forces and terrorists in various places, Netanyahu asserted, “We have been in this since the early morning hours. I have convened the heads of the defense establishment.
I’ve given directives, first and foremost, to clear the [affected] urban areas of the terrorists who penetrated them. This is happening right now.”
IDF Strikes Back
To confront this unprecedented crisis, Netanyahu announced an extensive mobilization of reserves, asserting that “The enemy will pay an unprecedented price.”
“We Are at War and Will Win”
He urged the public to adhere strictly to the directives of the military and the Home Front Command, emphasizing that victory was the only option.
High-Rise Towers Targeted in Gaza Strikes
The Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) has carried out targeted strikes on terrorist squads in southern Israel and numerous Hamas sites in Gaza.
These strikes included military compounds, headquarters, and high-rise towers believed to house Hamas assets. The IDF provided prior warning to residents before striking the two towers.
Defense Minister’s Stern Warning
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant echoed the resolve, declaring, “Hamas made a grave mistake this morning and started a war against the State of Israel.
IDF soldiers are fighting the enemy at all the infiltration sites. The State of Israel will win this war.”
Opposition Parties Unite
In a show of unity, opposition party leaders joined forces, unequivocally backing the IDF and urging the international community to condemn acts of terror.
International Mobilization Against Terrorism Urged
Leaders of Knesset opposition parties, including Yair Lapid, Benny Gantz, Avigdor Lieberman, and Merav Michaeli, declared, “In days like these, there is no opposition and no coalition in Israel.
We are united in the face of terrorism and the need for a strong and determined response.”
Calls for Retribution
They called for retribution against Hamas and all cooperating terrorist organizations, emphasizing the necessity of international mobilization against terrorism.
Protesters Stand Down
As the crisis deepened, protesters against the government’s judicial overhaul canceled their scheduled demonstrations, expressing solidarity with the nation and support for the IDF and security forces.
Urgent Call for Duty Amidst Crisis
The Brothers and Sisters in Arms protest group called upon all those needed to report for duty without hesitation.
President Isaac Herzog also extended his support to the nation in this trying moment, stating, “The State of Israel is at a difficult moment. I am wishing much strength to the IDF, its commanders and fighters, and the entirety of the security and rescue forces.
Together, we will triumph over those who wish to harm us.”
Global Watchful Eyes
Israel finds itself at a critical juncture, facing an unprecedented challenge. As Israel faces this grave threat, the international community watches closely.
Trans Activist Called on Crowd to Punch TERF Women in the Face During Hate Inciting Speech
The Trans Pride event held in London recently became the center of a heated debate after a transgender activist, Sarah Jane Baker, made a controversial speech inciting violence against those critical of Trans ideology. Trans Activist Called on Crowd to Punch TERF Women in the Face During Hate Inciting Speech
Power Play or Health Concern? President Biden Mysteriously Rises and Vanishes During Live TV Broadcast
President Joe Biden found himself at the center of attention after an unexpected moment during a live TV broadcast when he stood up and left the studio while cameras were still rolling. Here’s what happened. Power Play or Health Concern? President Biden Mysteriously Rises and Vanishes During Live TV Broadcast
Russia’s Former General Dies in Unexpected Plane Crash and Ukraine Gains Momentum on Regaining Control
After Russia continues its 16-month-long invasion of Ukraine, a surge of political upheaval has unfolded in Moscow, coinciding with Kyiv’s efforts to regain control of its territories. Russia’s Former General Dies in Unexpected Plane Crash and Ukraine Gains Momentum on Regaining Control
She Found Out Her Nosy Neighbor Was Tampering With Her Mail So She Left Her a Note That Left No Room for Misinterpretation
A nosy neighbor keeps tampering with packages and was caught on Ring doorbell, so the owner left her a note that went viral and is receiving mixed reactions from users. She Found Out Her Nosy Neighbor Was Tampering With Her Mail So She Left Her a Note That Left No Room for Misinterpretation
“It’s Legal Tender!” – Obnoxious Customer Gets EXACTLY What He Demanded From This Cunning Cashier
Confronted by an entitled customer, this quick-thinking cashier makes sure he has a change in attitude. She complies with his requests and without breaking a rule ensures their transaction is anything but convenient. “It’s Legal Tender!” – Obnoxious Customer Gets EXACTLY What He Demanded From This Cunning Cashier
Featured Image Credit: Shutterstock / wideweb. The people shown in the images are for illustrative purposes only, not the actual people featured in the story.