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UK Prime Minister puts US officials on blast regarding Hamas: ‘Call it what it is … evil terrorists’

United Kingdom Prime Minister Rishi Sunak visited Israel on Thursday, when he held diplomatic talks with Israeli President Isaac Herzog and condemned Hamas, a terrorist group that governs Gaza, for their ruthless assault on Oct. 7, when they slaughtered more than 1,400 Israelis in a single day.

Sunak’s visit came on the 13th day of Israel’s war with Hamas, and he minced no words in describing the terror group. 

“First and foremost, I want to express my solidarity with you and your country after you have suffered something unspeakable, a barbaric act of terrorism, as you said, we should call it what it is: an act of terrorism perpetrated by an evil terrorist organization, Hamas.”

“We will stand with Israel, we will stand with you in solidarity with your people and your right to defend yourself, to bring security back to your country, to your people, to ensure the safe return of the hostages that have been taken,” Sunak said. “Because that’s the right thing to do. You have not just a right to do that, I think you have a duty to do that, to restore that security to your country. But I’m also grateful to you for the support that the Israeli government has provided to the families and British nationals who have been caught up in this tragedy.”

The unequivocal moral distinction comes as some U.S. lawmakers, including Rep. Rashida Tlaib, D-Mich., repeated a debunked claim that Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) were responsible for an explosion that struck a Gaza hospital, reportedly killing hundreds of civilians. On Wednesday, Tlaib also accused the Biden administration of funding a “genocide” against Palestinians.

Herzog also said Israel was facing “a test,” and went on to say, “We are seeing ISIS on our border, entering into our country. And it’s an empire of evil, which we know is led from Tehran. It’s a coalition of evil led from Tehran, which has its forks in Lebanon, which has left havoc in Syria, Yemen, and Iraq. This is the real international interest, the security interest of all the nations of Europe, and this is how we feel and see this moment.”

The visit comes a day after President Biden landed in Tel Aviv, where he met with Herzog, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli officials.

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