Israel Is Not At War With Palestinians: Israeli PMO’s Spokesperson
Amid the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict, Tal Heinrich, Spokesperson for the Israeli Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) outlined that Israel’s battle is against Hamas and not against the people of Palestine.
Heinrich emphasised the resilience of Israeli families and the importance of taking action against Hamas, saying, “Their resilience is our strength. The ones who are aching the most are the ones giving us the most strength.”
“Today it is important to highlight what the families told the PM of Israel and what they told the entire nation of Israel, to hold our heads high and to do what must be done against Hamas,” she said addressing a virtual press conference on Monday.
Heinrich also revealed that the Israel Defence Forces (IDF) has discovered evidence of a Hamas-produced kidnapper’s guide. “The IDF found evidence of Hamas-produced kidnapper’s guide. Now the guide explains in gruesome detail how Hamas terrorists should capture and torture kidnapped civilians,” added Heinrich.
Further speaking about the guide, she said unveiled “gruesome methods” that Hamas terrorists would employ to capture and torture kidnapped civilians. She further said that more than 1,500 Israelis have been killed and 3,900 injured in the war against Hamas.
Highlighting the critical distinction, Heinrich said, “Israel is at war with Hamas and not with the people of Palestine.”
And I urge you to ask your sources in Gaza why Hamas is exploiting innocent Palestinians and is using them as human shields.
She also expressed concerns about Hamas preventing Palestinians in Gaza from moving to safer areas while “using them as human shields with zero regard for their safety”.
Heinrich also addressed the situation in northern Gaza, where she noted that while patients and staffers from six hospitals evacuated the premises, 14 did not.
“I was asked yesterday specifically about the state of hospitals in northern Gaza. You see, there are 20 hospitals in that area. The IDF says that six hospitals in the northern Gaza Strip had decided to independently evacuate. However, 14 did not,” said Heinrich.
In addition, Heinrich cited a report by the United Nations Relief and Works Agency indicating that fuel and medical equipment had been removed or stolen by a group claiming to be from the Ministry of Health in Gaza.
Heinrich called upon the international community to encourage Palestinians to temporarily relocate to safer zones, underlining that this action “will save lives”. She highlighted Israel’s own evacuation efforts, with 28 communities in northern Israel and more than 80,000 Israeli civilians evacuated to protect their lives.
Speaking about the recent military actions, Heinrich said that the IDF had conducted numerous airstrikes in the Gaza Strip, targeting Hamas headquarters, mortar launch positions, and terrorists at a military compound. Notably, the command center of Ali Qadhi, a commander in the Hamas commando forces, was also struck.
“The targets included Hamas headquarters, mortar launching positions, and a number of terrorists at a military compound,” said Heinrich.
Heinrich expressed Israel’s appreciation for the unwavering support of its allies and mentioned Prime Minister Netanyahu’s invitation to US President Joe Biden to visit Israel soon.
“Prime Minister Netanyahu invited US President Joe Biden to Israel, and we hope to host the president soon.” She conveyed gratitude for the united front against the ongoing conflict. (ANI)
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