UPDATED 9:30 AM PT – Thursday, May 20, 2021
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu signaled he has no plans of easing up on his response to Hamas attacks. While speaking Wednesday, he said he appreciates America’s support, but is determined to continue Israel’s operation against the terrorist organization.
This comes after Netanyahu spoke with Joe Biden Wednesday morning in an attempt to de-escalate the ongoing conflict. However, the White House hasn’t indicated what a “significant de-escalation” would entail.
“I am holding assessments of the situation and we are making decisions, we will continue the military operation as needed in order to restore calm to the Israeli citizens,” stated the Prime Minister. “One other thing: I’m sure that all of our enemies around us see the price we are exacting for the aggression against us and I am certain that they will have absorbed that lesson.”
“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. pic.twitter.com/qfZ7NkKo2o
— PM of Israel (@IsraeliPM) May 19, 2021
Netanyahu said, for now, Israel is pursuing “forceful deterrence” against Hamas, but didn’t rule out further escalation if Hamas continues their offensive.