Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Sunday criticized what he described as the world’s “silence” over recent rocket attacks from the Gaza Strip, drawing a quick response from his country’s closest ally, the U.S.
Netanyahu, speaking at his weekly Cabinet meeting, said he hadn’t heard anyone condemn three rocket attacks from Gaza over the past two weeks. The rockets caused no damage, nor any injuries.
“It will be interesting to see if this silence continues when we use all our strength in exercising our right to defend ourselves,” Netanyahu said. “It should be clear: the hypocrisy that is sweeping the world will not chain our hands from defending the citizens of Israel.”
In Germany, White House spokesman Josh Earnest said U.S. officials had spent “a lot of time talking about this” during Israel’s recent war with Hamas in the Gaza Strip.