“We saw the beasts. We saw the barbarians we are facing. We saw a cruel enemy. An enemy worse than ISIS.”
Benny Gantz’s National Unity Party joined Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to form a united government to defeat Hamas.
Gantz and Netanyahu addressed the nation together:
Announcing the formation of a “national emergency government” with the addition of Benny Gantz’s National Unity party, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu says, “the people of Israel are united, and now the leadership is also united. We put all other considerations aside, because the fate of the nation is at stake. We will work together, side by side, for the citizens of Israel and the state of Israel.”
“We saw the beasts. We saw the barbarians we are facing. We saw a cruel enemy. An enemy worse than ISIS. We saw boys and girls, bound, shot in the head. Men and women burned alive. Young women raped and slaughtered. Fighters decapitated… In one place, they set fire to tires around them, and burned them alive.”
“How staggering the atrocity. How great the pain,” he says in a televised address that Israel is now on the attack.
He says every family in Israel knows somebody who was killed. We all know families whose loved ones were murdered. But he also cites the acts of heroism of those who fought the Hamas terrorists. “And we will all fight for the home,” he says.
He says Israel’s unity is resonating worldwide, and was exemplified in President Biden’s support.
“We are fighting with full force, on every front, we have gone onto the attack. Every member of Hamas is a dead man,” he adds.
Hamas is Islamic State, he says, and Israel will destroy Hamas just as the world destroyed Islamic State. “The people of Israel lives, and together we will win,” he concludes.
Defense Minister Yoav Gallant calls the Hamas onslaught “the worst terror attack the world has ever seen.”
“Thousands of terrorists stormed in to destroy, murder, loot and slaughter.”
As a lifelong soldier who witnessed many awful things, he says, “I never saw anything like this.”
He cites “children bound together and murder, people burned, barbaric deeds that the Jewish people has not suffered since 1945.”
And these acts were only halted by the “heroism of the fighters.”
He recounts various stories of officers and soldiers doing everything they could to try and stop the attackers, some dying in the fight, and others continuing to battle. He says they freed some of those who had been captured. He speaks of a female soldier in Ofakim with no ammunition who crawled over to a dead terrorist, grabbed his hand grenade and threw it into a room to kill a second terrorist. A single general killed 14 terrorists, he recounts. “These are the heroes who stopped the murders… We’ve cleaned the area and we’re on the attack.”
Speaking with an angry intensity in a televised statement alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and National Unity leader Benny Gantz, he says the Hamas terror group will be “obliterated.”
“Hamas — the Islamic State of Gaza — will be wiped from the face of the earth,” he says. “It will not continue to exist.
“There will be no situation in which Israeli children are murdered and we all go about our business,” he adds.
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