In the midst of a major conflict that unfolded alongside the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a strong declaration, stating that every member of Hamas was a target. As the world watched in horror, the conflict resulted in a significant loss of life, with at least 2,300 people losing their lives on both the Israeli and Hamas sides.
During a televised address on a Wednesday night, Netanyahu made shocking claims, accusing Hamas militants of committing heinous acts, including rape, shootings of young boys and girls, and other atrocities.
He described heartbreaking scenes of young victims bound and shot, men and women burned alive, and young women subjected to horrific acts of violence. Soldiers were also reportedly beheaded, further highlighting the brutal nature of the conflict.
In response to the escalating crisis, Netanyahu established a wartime cabinet, joining forces with Benny Gantz, a senior opposition leader, to create a specialized government body focused solely on addressing the war. Defense Minister Yoav Gallant also became part of this critical cabinet, demonstrating a unified approach to the ongoing crisis.
Opposition leader Benny Gantz emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating, “There is a time for war and a time for peace. Now is the time for war.” Gantz stressed the importance of solidarity among the diverse segments of the population, uniting under the banner of the people of Israel.
•Over 2,300 casualties on both sides as the world witnesses the escalating conflict concurrent with the Russia-Ukraine war.
•Shocking allegations made by Netanyahu, accusing Hamas militants of heinous acts, including rape and brutal violence.
•Establishment of a wartime cabinet, uniting political leaders and Defense Minister Yoav Gallant to address the crisis.
•The United States issues a travel advisory, urging its citizens to avoid Gaza and reconsider travel plans to Israel.
•Historic conversation between Iran’s President Ebrahim Raisi and Saudi Arabia’s Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman, discussing the need to end war crimes against Palestine.
•U.S. President Joe Biden’s commitment not to remain silent in the face of the crisis, vowing to work on the hostage situation.
•Speculation about a potential ground assault by Israel in Gaza, with the mobilization of reservists and evacuation warnings.
•A dire situation in Gaza, with over 250,000 people displaced and critical supplies cut off.
•Denial by Hamas of allegations of child beheadings and assaults on women, branding them as baseless Zionist propaganda.
•Singer Justin Bieber’s social media post expressing prayers for Israel, followed by its deletion after facing criticism.