The latest in seven decades of conflict between Israelis and Palestinians, which has shaken the Middle East, is the war between Israel and Hamas militants who stormed Israeli towns and kibbutzes from the Gaza Strip on October 7. Many people lost their lives and became victims of the war.
This is not the time to bow down in suspension before Hamas terrorists.
“Israel will not agree to a cessation of hostilities after the horrific attacks of October 7,” Netanyahu told the world press on Monday. Calls for a ceasefire are an attempt by Israel to yield to Hamas, to barbarism, and to terror. That is not going to happen. Ladies and gentlemen, the Bible says that there are times for peace and times for war. Folks, this is a war.
In the name of upholding Israel’s right to self-defence, the prime minister compared Israel’s response to the United States decisions to launch the War on Terror after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attack and to enter World War II following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. He emphasized that almost no well-known voice demanded that the United States consent to a ceasefire right away following those attacks.
He went on to assure Israel that it would emerge victorious from the non-eruptive conflict. It is time for everyone to choose between fighting for a future full of promise and hope and caving into tyranny and terror—this is a turning point for leaders.
He continued by saying that US special envoy David Satterfield is “intensely” attempting to make sure that humanitarian aid can pass the Rafah crossing and that foreign nationals, including US citizens, can safely depart.
Mr. Kirby expressed hope that more relief trucks would be able to pass through Egypt and make it to Gaza during a press conference.
John Kirby, the National Security spokesperson, recommended “pauses” on Monday to enable the delivery of aid inside Gaza. For Gaza’s 2.2 million residents, there must be more fuel, food, water, and medical supplies.
He said that the US and Israeli governments had talked about raising the daily tally of trucks crossing the border to about one hundred.
According to Mr. Kirby, about forty-five trucks crossed into Gaza on Sunday via Egypt’s Rafah Crossing. Still, he acknowledged that more would be needed. “We know that even that, which is a dramatic improvement over where we are right now, is still not going to be enough,” he said during the press conference.
About 500 trucks a day were entering Gaza, according to UNRWA commissioner-general Philippe Lazzarini, who previously spoke with the BBC prior to the conflict. Since the October 7 attacks by Hamas, which resulted in the capture of 229 individuals and the deaths of 1,400 Israelis, Israel has been bombarding Gaza. Over 8,300 people have died in Gaza as a result of Israel’s retaliatory bombing, according to the Hamas-run health ministry.
Natalie Raanan, an Israeli hostage kidnapped by Hamas, has returned to her hometown of Chicago, according to Yinam Cohen, Israel’s general consul in the Midwest, who made the announcement on Monday. The UN General Assembly demanded last week that Israel and Hamas implement a humanitarian ceasefire, a demand that Israel vehemently rejected.
Although the terrorists from Hamas have taken many Israelis as hostages, some of them have been reduced and have left for their home countries.
Israel launched what Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the “second stage” of a war on Monday with the intention of destroying Hamas, following three weeks of intense bombardment. Ground forces expanded their operations inside Gaza.