Jan 20, 2021

Thousands of Israelis were sent on Saturday running to bomb shelters as Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad attacked with over 430 rockets fired in an ongoing attack. One Israeli was killed and wounding dozens. Israel responded by hitting approximately 180 military targets inside Gaza.

The U.S. State Department issued a statement on Saturday night in support of Israel.

“The United States strongly condemns the ongoing barrage of rocket attacks by Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad from Gaza upon innocent civilians and their communities across Israel,” said a statement by State Department spokesperson Morgan Ortagus.

“We call on those responsible for the violence to cease this aggression immediately. We stand with Israel and fully support its right to self-defense against these abhorrent attacks,” added the statement.

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When the Sabbath ended, Special Envoy Jason Greenblatt, a religiously observant Jew, tweeted his support of Israel.

“When Hamas and (Palestinian Islamic Jihad) PIJ continue to choose terrorism, they prevent the world from trying to help the Palestinians in Gaza and they cause harm to Palestinians,” he added in a second tweet.

Former Ambassador to the United Nations, Nikk Haley, underscored the gross double standard exhibited towards Israel.

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro also expressed support for Israel in a tweet on Saturday night.

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The European Union also voiced its concern with spokeswoman Maja Kocijancic tweeting on Saturday.

Italy also expressed solidarity with Israel.