‘Enemy of Civilization’: Blinken, Netanyahu Compare Hamas to ISIS in Joint Press Conference

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a joint press conference in Tel Aviv. (Photo: via Blinken TW Page, file)

By Palestine Chronicle Staff  

Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and US Secretary of State Antony Blinken held a joint press conference in Tel Aviv on Thursday morning.

Netanyahu thanked Blinken for the US’ support “in our war against the barbarians of Hamas”.

“Hamas has shown itself to be an enemy of civilization,” Netanyahu said.

The Israeli PM went on to describe the alleged crimes perpetrated by Hamas and condemned the “sickening display of celebration and glorification of evil”.

“President Biden was absolutely correct in calling this sheer evil,” he said.

“Hamas is ISIS,” Netanyahu added, “and just as ISIS was crushed, so too will Hamas be crushed.”

“Thank you for being here today, thank you America, for standing with Israel, today, tomorrow and always,” Netanyahu concluded.

For his part, Blinken expressed his solidarity, saying:

“I come before you not only as the United States, but also as a Jew. My grandfather fled pogroms in Russia.”

“I understand the harrowing echoes that Hamas’ massacres carry for Israeli Jews and for Jews everywhere,” he said.

Blinken also echoed Netanyahu’s comparison to ISIS, by saying:

“”Hamas’s countless acts of terror (…) brings to mind the worst of ISIS.”

(The Palestine Chronicle)

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