Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu told the United States Secretary of State, Antony Blinken that Israel is committed to destroying Hamas. “I told [Blinken] we have sworn, and I have sworn, to destroy Hamas. Nothing will stop us,” he informed a post-meeting press conference.
Netanyahu has also referred to this fresh terror attack in Jerusalem in stressing the need for broadly distributing weapons to the Israeli population, a controversial program that began soon after the Hamas October 7th terror raids on Southern Israel.
“I just finished a meeting with U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, shortly after Hamas murderers murdered Israelis here in Jerusalem, and I told him: This is the same Hamas,” Netanyahu said at the end of the meeting which came during Blinken’s third trip to Israel since the war started.
According to a report by ZeroHedge, Blinken “stressed the imperative of accounting for humanitarian and civilian protection needs in southern Gaza before any military operations there,” according to a summary by the State Department, which added that Blinken “urged Israel to take every possible measure to avoid civilian harm.”
As for the murders referenced by Netanyahu, on Thursday a pair of gunmen unleashed M16 and pistol fire on a crowd waiting at a Jerusalem bus stop, killing three Israelis and injuring 16. Shortly after the attack, Hamas claimed responsibility.
The Hamas statement said “the operation came as a natural response to unprecedented crimes conducted by the occupation” and further called for “an escalation of the resistance.” –ZeroHedge
“The quick reaction of two fighters and a civilian who eliminated the terrorists prevented an even more serious attack. I salute them,” Netanyahu wrote in a post on X. “The government headed by me will continue expanding the distribution of weapons to citizens. This is a measure that proves itself time and time again in the war against murderous terrorism.”
רעייתי שרה ואני שולחים תנחומים מעומק ליבנו למשפחות הנרצחים בפיגוע בירושלים. כולנו מתפללים לשלום הפצועים.
תגובתם המהירה של שני לוחמים ואזרח שחיסלו את המחבלים מנעה פיגוע קשה אף יותר. אני מצדיע להם.
כל מחבלי חמאס הם בני מוות – בירושלים, בעזה, ביהודה ושומרון – בכל מקום.
— Benjamin Netanyahu – בנימין נתניהו (@netanyahu) November 30, 2023
Two Palestinian children were killed by Israeli forces on Wednesday morning during their ongoing raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin and its refugee camp.
The Palestinian Ministry of Health identified the two boys killed as nine-year-old Adam Samer Al-Ghoul and… pic.twitter.com/AhF3xjokC7
— Middle East Eye (@MiddleEastEye) November 29, 2023
Some regional ruling classes, like the one in Iraq, have recently warned that if the ceasefire can’t become permanent, a bigger regional war is on the horizon. Still, a last-minute deal saw the truce get extended by a day, through Thursday, so World War 3 is pushed back…for now.