Netanyahu met with delegation of US ambassadors after Gaza escalation

Netanyahu added that the Hamas terrorist organization is committing a double war crime by indiscriminately shooting at civilians from civilian centers.

By JERUSALEM POST STAFF
May 18, 2019 13:08
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Netanyahu met with delegation of US ambassadors after Gaza escalation

From left to right: Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to the EU; Edward McMullen, US Ambassador to Switzerland; Jamie D. McCourt, US Ambassador to France; Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu; David M. Friedman, US Ambassador to Israel; George E. Glass, US Ambassador to Portugal; Richard Grenell, US Ambassado. (photo credit: MATTY STERN/US EMBASSY JERUSALEM)

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu met this evening at the Prime Minister's Office with a delegation of US ambassadors to Europe led by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, according a press release sent out by the US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Netanyahu briefed the delegation on the security situation and said that the State of Israel has the right to defend itself and that it will take all necessary measures to do so.

Netanyahu added that the Hamas terrorist organization is committing a double war crime by indiscriminately shooting at civilians from civilian centers.

The meeting was attended by US Ambassador to Israel David Friedman, US Ambassador to France Jamie D. McCourt, US Ambassador to the European Union Gordon Sondland, US Ambassador to Germany Richard Grenell, US Ambassador to Portugal George E. Glass, US Ambassador to Switzerland Edward McMullen and Special Envoy to Combating Antisemitism by the US State Department Elan Carr.

"Enough is enough! Over the past 36 hours Israel has suffered from a barrage of over 600 rockets and mortars fired indiscriminately by terrorists in ‎Gaza," the ambassadors wrote in a joint statement. "This barrage has come from civilian areas in Gaza and is aimed at civilian centers in Israel, demonstrating once again a cynical readiness to risk the lives and futures of the people of Gaza as well as those of the Israeli people. The sole aim of these terrorists is to kill, maim and terrorize citizens of Israel.

"These actions by Hamas and Islamic Jihad are simply unconscionable. No other nation on Earth would tolerate this. Can one imagine rockets falling on Washington, Berlin, Paris, Brussels, Bern or Lisbon today without an appropriately strong reaction? We affirm Israel's right to defend itself and urge all nations to call these actions out for what they are - terrorism pure and simple."


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