Citizens of Israel were told that their country is “at war,” as Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared on Saturday.
The declaration was made after the Iranian-funded terrorist group, Hamas, bombarded Israel with thousands of rockets striking the Gaza Strip. “Citizens of Israel, we are at war — not in an operation, not in rounds — at war,” said Netanyahu. As reported by the Jerusalem Post, a minimum of 100 casualties have been recorded, and nearly 1,000 people are injured.
Additionally, terrorists have invaded the country and have taken over multiple areas of the nation’s southern region. Mohammed Deif, a senior Hamas commander, labeled the invasion “the day of the greatest battle to end the last occupation on earth,” according to The Independent. In response, the Israel Defense Force has taken swift action to expel Hamas from the country. Operation “Swords of Iron” quickly mobilized fighter jets to eliminate all Hamas “targets” within the impacted zones.
Moreover, “The Chief of General Staff has announced an extensive mobilization of reserve forces. Numerous IDF units, including special forces, have been dispatched to the area surrounding the Gaza Strip and are operating in a number of different locations in the area in order to protect the residents of southern Israel.”
The tragic event taking place follows the hostage deal that Joe Biden made with Iran less than a month ago. The settled agreement detailed that Iran would free five American prisoners in return for five Iranian prisoners in addition to $6 billion in Iranian assets secured in South Korea. The foreign policy strategy was scrutinized by many, including President Donald Trump. The 45th president said the deal was setting a bad precedent that will result in “terrible things.”
Shockingly, the Hamas terrorist attack lands on Israel’s national Jewish holiday, Shemini Atzreret, and closely follows the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War.