‘It has a right to defend itself and its people’: Joe Biden shows unflinching support to Israel after call with Benjamin Netanyahu – as Hamas unleash brutal terrorists attack

President Joe Biden has offered his ‘unwavering’ support to Israel following a devastating attack from Palestinian militant group Hamas early on Saturday morning. 

Speaking at a press conference in the early afternoon President Biden reaffirmed the US’s ‘rock solid and unwavering’ support for Israel and warned other nations not to take advantage of the situation. 

‘This is not a moment for any party hostile to Israel to exploit these attacks, to seek an advantage,’ he said. ‘The world is watching’. 

President Biden said ‘Israel has a right to defend itself and its people’ and has offered ‘all appropriate means of support to the government and people of Israel.’ 

Hamas fired a devastating fusillade of rockets into the country at daybreak during the festival of Simchat Torah, a day when Jews finish the annual cycle of reading the Torah.

A car burns after a rocket attack in southern Israel on Saturday. Hamas claimed to have fired 5,000 rockets into the country

A car burns after a rocket attack in southern Israel on Saturday. Hamas claimed to have fired 5,000 rockets into the country

Smoke billows from a building in Gaza after Israel fired missiles in response to Palestinian air strikes earlier on Saturday

Smoke billows from a building in Gaza after Israel fired missiles in response to Palestinian air strikes earlier on Saturday 

The Palestinian group then sent troops across the border in paragliders in a surprise attack, setting off gun battles inside communities. 

Biden spoke to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on the phone on Saturday morning to offer US support. 

The White House condemned the ‘unprovoked attacks’ against Israeli civilians issuing a strong statement on Saturday morning. 

‘The United States unequivocally condemns the unprovoked attacks by Hamas terrorists against Israeli civilians. There is never any justification for terrorism,’ National Security Council spokeswoman Adrienne Watson said in the statement. 

‘We stand firmly with the Government and people of Israel and extend our condolences for the Israeli lives lost in these attacks.’ 

Israel has vowed to exact revenge on Palestinian militants, warning Hamas that they had made a ‘grave mistake’.

Residents living close to Israel’s border with Gaza have been ordered to stay inside and others have been evacuated after Hamas militants infiltrated the country by land, sea and air and launched a fusillade of missile strikes.

The Israeli prime minister Benjamin Netanyahu has vowed that the militants will pay an ‘unprecedented price’ after their attacks killed at least 150 Israelis.

Hamas claimed to have fired 5,000 rockets into Israel from the occupied Gaza Strip, setting off air raid sirens in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Hamas claimed to have fired 5,000 rockets into Israel from the occupied Gaza Strip, setting off air raid sirens in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem

Men believed to be Palestinian militants are seen riding an Israeli military vehicle after reportedly seizing it close to the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip

Men believed to be Palestinian militants are seen riding an Israeli military vehicle after reportedly seizing it close to the border between Israel and the Gaza Strip

A woman stands in a damaged room in Ashkelon, Israel after rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip by Hamas militants

A woman stands in a damaged room in Ashkelon, Israel after rockets were launched from the Gaza Strip by Hamas militants

Palestinian officials have since claimed more than 230 people have been killed in retaliatory strikes by Israel.

Videos on social media appeared to show armed troops from the Al-Qassam Brigades, Hamas’ militant arm, moving through built-up areas firing weapons as Israeli residents were evacuated from their homes following air strikes.

In a statement posted on Telegram, Hamas called on ‘the resistance fighters in the West Bank’ as well as ‘our Arab and Islamic nations’ to join the battle.

In remarks reported by CNN, militant commander Deif said: ‘If you have a gun, get it out. This is the time to use it – get out with trucks, cars, axes. Today the best and most honorable history starts.’

‘Today the people are regaining their revolution,’ he added, in other statements reported by AP, as he called on Palestinians from east Jerusalem to northern Israel to ‘expel the occupiers and demolish the walls.’

In response, Israeli forces have vowed that Hamas will ‘face the consequences and responsibility for these events’.

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