This was ‘an act of sheer evil’ – Biden
US President Joe Biden begins his remarks by calling the attacks “an act of sheer evil”.
He calls Hamas blood-thirsty, saying the events are reminiscent of the worst atrocities committed by Isis, otherwise known as the so-called Islamic State group, and condemns them for “more than 1,000 civilians slaughtered. Among them at least 14 American citizens.”
“Hamas does not stand for the Palestinian people,” Biden says. “They used Palestinian people as human shields.”
“Sadly for the Jewish people, it’s not new,” he continues. “It’s brought to the surface painful memories” of antisemitism over the last century.
The US president shares examples of some of the horrific stories coming out of the region: “Parents butchered using their bodies to protect their children… Reports of babies being killed… Women raped and paraded as trophies.”
“We stand with Israel, we stand with Israel,” Biden says.
He asserts Israel will have what it needs to respond to the attack.