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‘Full support from the opposition’: Netanyahu, Smotrich offer backing for Gaza op

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Israeli politicians from across the political spectrum voiced their support Friday for the Israeli military operation launched in the Gaza Strip, among them Prime Minister Yair Lapid’s top rivals in the opposition.

Opposition leader Benjamin Netanyahu tweeted: “I offer my backing to the IDF and our security forces. We love you and pray for your success.”

Head of the far-right Religious Zionism party, MK Bezalel Smotrich, wrote in a message addressed to Lapid: “Mr. Prime Minister, there were and are many differences of opinion between us about the government, its establishment and its functioning.

“At this time, you have our full support for an extensive attack against the enemy… a continuous closure due to the threats of the Islamic Jihad is unacceptable. Attack with strength and determination, you have full backing from the opposition.”

Israel announced the start of a military operation in the Gaza Strip on Friday afternoon with multiple strikes on targets of the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group, with leaders saying the actions were necessary after the group refused to back down from its intentions to carry out attacks against the country. PIJ had been threatening since Tuesday to attack in response to the arrest of its West........

© The Times of Israel

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