June 25, 2024

War has broken out in the Middle East once again as terrorist group Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel – the biggest in years. The hostilities have already claimed over 200 lives. The group has also taken an unknown number of Israelis as hostages.

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In response to the attack, Israel declared a state of war against the Iran-backed Hamas.

Amid the fighting, Hamas leader Ismail Haniyeh, issued a stern warning to Arab nations that have entered into peace negotiations with Israel, claiming the Jewish state would be unable to protect them.

In a televised speech, Haniyeh addressed the Arab countries that have normalised ties with Israel in recent years.

“We say to all countries, including our Arab brothers, that this entity, which cannot protect itself in the face of resistors, cannot provide you with any protection,” he said.

“All the normalization agreements that you signed with that entity cannot resolve this (Palestinian) conflict.”

In 2020, Israel reached normalisation with the United Arab Emirates and Bahrain, and upgraded ties with Morocco and Sudan, despite talks with the Palestinians being frozen for years.

Regional powerhouse Saudi Arabia and Israel are also engaged in U.S.-mediated talks to normalise relations, a prospect that drew condemnation from some Palestinian factions.

“In the last hour, the Hamas terrorist organization had begun a massive shooting of rockets from the Gaza Strip into Israeli territory, and terrorists infiltrated into Israeli territory in a number of different locations,” announced the Israeli military in a chilling statement shortly after the attack began.

Harrowing images and video footage have been circulating on social media depicting Palestinians killing Israeli citizens. In one instance, a video showed Hamas fighters parading around the body of a young Israeli woman in a truck.

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As RedState’s Joe Cunningham reported earlier, President Joe Biden voiced unequivocal support for Israel on Saturday, condemning Hamas’ attack, saying that he “spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu about the horrific and ongoing attacks,” and the “United States unequivocally condemns this appalling assault against Israel by Hamas terrorists from Gaza.”

Biden added that he “made clear to Prime Minister Netanyahu that we stand ready to offer all appropriate means of support to the Government and people of Israel.”

The conflict threatens to bleed beyond the Gaza Strip’s borders. Haniyeh has indicated that Hamas and other Palestinian factions intend to extend their assault into the West Bank and even Jerusalem. “The battle moved into the heart of the Zionist entity,” he said.

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