Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is known for his bold and fearless actions, which was proven once again this week as the armed conflict between the Jewish state and Hamas terrorists continued.
According to The Hill — despite President Joe Biden’s bragging about brokering a peace deal — Netanyahu made crystal clear that Israel will continue to strike Hamas terrorist targets, including buildings, weaponry stockpiles, and increased targeting of senior Hamas military commanders.
What did he say?
The Israeli prime minister made his latest remarks not long after a phone call with President Joe Biden, who reportedly told Netanyahu that “he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire.”
While Netanyahu thanked Biden for his support in saying that Israel has a right to self-defense after thousands of rockets have been fired at various cities around the country, including Tel Aviv, the prime minister revealed that the next moves coming from the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) are definitely not related to a ceasefire.
“I have just come from the IDF operational command center; it is very impressive. With every passing day we are striking at more of the terrorist organizations’ capabilities, targeting more senior commanders, toppling more terrorist buildings and hitting more weaponry stockpiles,” the Israeli prime minister said in a taped video posted to Twitter on Wednesday.
PM Netanyahu: “I am determined to continue this operation until its objective is achieved: to restore the calm and security to you, citizens of Israel.” pic.twitter.com/SSVYWQ6bz1
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) May 19, 2021
Netanyahu’s latest messaging was a clear attempt to push back pressure of pursuing a ceasefire from the Biden administration, marking the first public rift between the two.
As many predicted, Biden seems to be at least somewhat on the verge of caving to the radical, progress anti-Israel wing of the Democratic party, who continue to publicly condemn the White House’s response to the conflict as well as their early siding with Israel.
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), indirectly called out the Biden administration for not defending Palestinians, saying it’s “unconscionable” for anyone not to condemn what she labeled as “terrorist” attacks by Israel.
“Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid,” Omar tweeted.
Fellow Squad members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio Cortez (D-NY) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) have issued similar condemnations of Biden’s early reaction to the ongoing conflict, especially after he reiterated that Israel has the right to defend against the Hamas-led rocket barrages.
Only time will tell where the conflict leads, but as of this writing, according to Netanyahu’s messaging, it appears as if it could continue to unfold for some time.