Political source: US backing Israel in conflict with Hamas

Biden Administration said to not be pressuring Israel to end Operation Guardian of the Walls.

Arutz Sheva Staff ,

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Although the United States has been criticizing Israel in recent days, according to political sources, it is not exerting pressure to end Operation Guardian of the Walls against Hamas.

A political source quoted in Kan News said that "the United States is giving Israel its backing, but their expectation is that the operation will not last much longer and that there will be no harm to the uninvolved."

On Saturday night, Israeli Ambassador to the US and the UN Gilad Erdan thanked US President Joe Biden for his support for Israel's right to defend itself.

"Thank you, President Biden, for your strong message. May the rest of the international community follow your lead and support Israel’s right to defend itself,” Erdan wrote on Twitter.

Canadian Foreign Minister Marc Garneau wrote on Twitter Sunday morning that "Canada continues to follow the situation in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza with grave concern. We urge all parties to take immediate steps to end the violence, de-escalate tensions, protect all civilians, refugees, journalists and media workers."

"Canada reiterates the fundamental importance of protecting journalists and will always stand for media freedom. They are the cornerstone of any fair, strong, and vibrant society and must be free to do their work. Their safety and security must always be ensured," Garneau added.

UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres also said he was deeply disturbed by the Israeli airstrikes on the Gaza Strip, in which a high-rise building in which foreign media operated was destroyed.

Guterres added that he was appalled by the growing number of civilians injured and killed as a result of the attacks.

Last night, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu gave a statement to the media on Operation Guardian of the Walls and the ongoing Hamas rocket attacks on Israel.

"It has been five days since Hamas brazenly fired rockets at Jerusalem and other Israeli cities in a totally unprovoked attack," Netanyahu said.

"This past week, millions of Israelis were forced into bomb shelters as missiles rained down on our cities. Several Israelis have been killed. Many more have been wounded. You know and I know, no country would tolerate this. Israel will not tolerate this.

"Israel has responded forcefully to these attacks and we will continue to respond forcefully until the security of our people is reinstated and restored.

"We’ve eliminated dozens of Hamas terrorists and taken out hundreds of terrorist sites, including missile launchers and buildings that Hamas used to plan and perpetrate these attacks.

"Two nights ago, Israel also seriously degraded the terror infrastructure of Hamas. We knocked out part of the vast subterranean tunnel network that Hamas uses to attack Israel.

"I want to remind the world that in firing on our cities, Hamas is committing a double war crime. They’re targeting our civilians and hiding behind Palestinian civilians, effectively using them as human shields.

"As always, Israel is doing everything possible to protect our civilians and keep Palestinian civilians out of harm’s way. We demonstrated this yet again today when we warned civilians to vacate the building used by the Hamas terror intelligence. They vacated the premises before the target was destroyed and that’s why you don’t hear of casualties from these collapsing terror towers because we take special care to avoid these civilian casualties, exactly the opposite of Hamas.

"Defeating Hamas does not only serve Israel's interest, it serves the interests of all those who seek peace, stability and security in the Middle East.

"I want to thank Israel’s many friends in the international community who have strongly backed Israel’s action in defending ourselves. I want to thank the President of the United States Joe Biden and I want to thank the many countries, including European countries, who flew the Israeli flag in solidarity on their government buildings.

"No one should have any equivocation about the choice that is so clear here and I want to thank President Biden for his clear and unequivocal support. You cannot equate a democracy that values life with a terror organization that glorifies death.

"I also want to say a word about the violence we have seen in recent days within Israeli towns, from Lod to Bat Yam, from Akko to Haifa. The Jewish state will not tolerate pogroms against our citizens. We will not allow our Jewish citizens to be lynched or to live in fear of murderous Arab gangs. We will not tolerate the torching of synagogues and the torching of property.

"At the same time, we will not allow Jews to take the law into their own hands and attack innocent Arabs, or lynch an innocent Arab; there was one such case, such effort. We will not allow these attacks on innocent Jews or Arabs alike. To tolerate this unacceptable vigilantism and violence is to pave a way to anarchy.

"Israel is the Jewish and democratic state, where all our citizens, Jews, Arabs and everyone else, are equal before the law and will receive equal protection from those who enforce the law.

"I am fully confident that Israel will be able to deal with these threats from without and these threats from within. I am confident in our army. I am confident in our police. And above all, I am confident in the resolve and determination of the people of Israel.

"Just as we’ve always done, we will weather this storm and emerge stronger than ever. Thank you." Netanyahu concluded.



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