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 October 16, 2023

Netanyahu says Israel 'will break Hamas' in response to terror attacks

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met with the nation's emergency unity government Sunday for the first time, declaring they will "break Hamas."

The bold statement came as Israel seeks to end the terror group after its attacks killed over 1,300 people starting a week ago.

A time for war

"The national unity government was formed last week when opposition leader Benny Gantz, a former general who leads the Blue and White opposition party, joined the government. Other parties, such as Yair Lapid’s Yesh Atid party, remained in opposition," Breitbart News reported.

"Netanyahu referred, by implication, to the political unrest in Israel of the past year, during which Israelis were divided over the issue of judicial reform. Last week, he declared the country’s internal rivalries to be over, as Israel united in a war for its survival," it added.

The front lines

The report also came after Netanyahu met with troops near the border of Gaza on Saturday.

"'How horrific it is, how painful it is,' he said. The prime minister said that every person in Israel knows someone who lost their lives in the attacks on Saturday," according to Fox News.

"Netanyahu, former Prime Minister Yair Lapid and former Defense Minister Benny Gantz formed an emergency unity government days after the deadliest attack on Jews since the Holocaust was carried out by Hamas terrorists," it continued.

U.S. support

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken made a quick visit with the prime minister last week to offer America's support in response to the terror attacks.

"We are here. We are not going anywhere," Blinken to Netanyahu.

Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also visited Israel last week in solidarity with the nation, discussing military plans and potential assistance.

Over 100 hostages have been reported, including some Americans who were taken into Gaza. Few details have been shared about the situation.

In addition, at least 27 Americans have been killed in the terror attacks, along with citizens of other nations who were residing in Israel or visiting the nation. The days ahead will likely be marked with more attacks, this time with Israel retaliating to put a stop to Hamas and its operations.

Written By:
Dillon Burroughs

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