“World Leaders Rally Behind Israel Amidst Unprecedented Terrorist Attacks!”

Israel Amidst Unprecedented Terrorist Attacks

President Biden condemned the “heinous” attacks carried out by Hamas terrorists on Saturday and pledged that his administration would ensure that Israel has “whatever it takes for its defense,” which was met with global condemnation and sparked anger among Israel’s allies.

The United States “stands with the people of Israel in the face of these terrorist attacks,” according to Biden, who claimed to have notified Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Israel has the right to self-defense, end of story. Terrorist acts are never justified, and my administration is steadfast in its support for Israel’s security.

The unprecedented incursion by Hamas, which Biden described just days after the holiest day on the Jewish calendar, marked the most significant attack in years in Israel and posed the risk of escalating conflict. Israel responded with airstrikes in Gaza. Netanyahu said, “We are in a fight.”

FILE – On September 20, 2023, President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met in New York. On Saturday, Oct. 7, Biden condemned what he called a “appalling assault” against Israel by Hamas militants close to the Gaza Strip, saying the United States is ready to provide support in the wake of the unexpected attack that claimed at least 100 lives and sparked outrage, shock, and condemnation from Israel’s allies around the world. The American president made it plain during his conversation with Netanyahu earlier on Saturday that “we stand ready to offer all appropriate means of support” to Israel. (Credit: AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Biden said that the people of Israel “were under attack by a terrorist organization” and “at this moment of unrest, I want to say to them and to the world and to all the terrorists: The United States stands with Israel. We will ensure they get the help they need to continue defending themselves.”

He added, “The world has seen horrifying images – thousands of rockets raining down on Israeli cities,” and Hamas not only targeted Israeli soldiers but also killed Israeli civilians – Just days after Hamas took entire families hostage, innocent civilians were killed and maimed in the streets and in their homes. This is unconscionable.”

The flare-up shattered American efforts to expand normalization agreements between Israel and Arab countries, not only with Saudi Arabia, which has drawn most of the attention, but also with smaller Arab states.

U.S. officials say they intend to continue to try to de-escalate the situation in the region, working with Arab partners, including Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, to reduce the situation’s intensity. However, they acknowledge that prospects for success are slim as active hostilities persist between Israel and the Palestinians.

Blinken was planning a trip to the Middle East at the end of the month, with stops in Israel and Saudi Arabia, but according to several American officials familiar with internal discussions, those plans are now on hold.

In the immediate term, these officials say the United States will work with Arab stakeholders in the region to try to reduce tensions. Still, they are not optimistic about the prospects of any short-term solution given the scale of Hamas attacks and the Israeli military response.

Like Biden, who said the United States “condemns this terrorist attack in the strongest possible terms,” many world leaders spoke out forcefully in support of Israel’s right to self-defense and pledged unity.

In Ashkelon, southern Israel, on Saturday, October 7, 2023, Israeli police officers rescue a woman and a young kid from a site hit by a rocket fired from the Gaza Strip. As Hamas proclaimed a fresh offensive against Israel, rockets were launched. Credit: © Provided by The Associated Press

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky said in a post on his official Telegram channel, “We believe that order will be restored, and the terrorists will be destroyed.” Zelensky, who is Jewish and whose relatives were killed in the Holocaust, added, “Israel’s right to self-defense cannot be questioned.”

Ursula von der Leyen, president of the European Commission, denounced Hamas’ “senseless attacks” and asserted that violence was neither a political answer nor a sign of bravery. It is pure terrorism.”

German Chancellor Angela Merkel said her country stands with Israel, and Austrian Chancellor Karl Nehammer expressed a similar sentiment. British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted that he is “deeply concerned” about the attacks and that Israel has the “right to defend itself.”

In Vienna, the offices of the Austrian chancellor and foreign ministry displayed Israeli flags in a show of solidarity. Nehammer said in a post on Twitter, “There is no justification for violence.”

File: Karl Nehammer, the chancellor of Austria, meets with the media as he enters the European Council headquarters in Brussels on June 29, 2023, in preparation for an EU summit. Virginia Mayo. Credit: © Provided by The Associated Press

In Moscow, Russian Deputy Foreign Minister and former Ambassador to Israel Mikhail Bogdanov told the state news agency TASS that Moscow is in contact with “all parties” to the conflict and urged “an immediate ceasefire and peace” between Hamas and Israel.

Saudi Arabia demanded an immediate end to the hostilities and asked both parties to show restraint and safeguard civilians. A statement from the Saudi Foreign Ministry noted, “The kingdom warns against the consequences of the current situation, in light of the explosive situation in the occupied Palestinian territories and the Israeli attacks on the Gaza Strip.

These events have raised alarms, warning against the consequences of the ongoing forcible displacement of Palestinians, the denial of their legitimate rights, and Israel’s provocations in the occupied territories.”

File: Emmanuel Macron, the president of France, addresses to the media on Thursday, October 5, 2023, at the Europe Summit in Granada, Spain. Credit: © Provided by The Associated Press
FILE – On Thursday, October 5, 2023, Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, addresses the media as she enters the Europe Summit in Granada, Spain. Credit: © Provided by The Associated Press
On Saturday, October 7, 2023, in Gaza City, Palestinians examine the building’s debris after it was hit by an Israeli airstrike. At dawn on Saturday, the militant Hamas rulers of the Gaza Strip launched an unprecedented, multi-pronged assault on Israel, launching thousands of rockets while dozens of Hamas fighters broke through the heavily guarded border in several locations by air, land, and sea, shocking the nation on a significant holiday. Credit: © Provided by The Associated Press

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