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US ambassador to Israel: We support fight against ‘bad guys’ in Gaza terror groups

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US Ambassador to Israel Tom Nides said in a Wednesday interview that the US fully backed Israel in its fight against Gaza terrorists in the past week.

The Israel Defense Forces launched airstrikes against the Palestinian Islamic Jihad terror group on Friday, kicking off three days of fighting, before an Egyptian-brokered ceasefire came into force Sunday night.

“These are bad guys,” Nides said of the terror groups. “We’re aware of the situation going on in Gaza. We understood this was an important mission for the Israelis.”

“We support Israel’s right to defend itself, its right to basically take the actions it needs to keep this place safe, so we’re fully supportive of Israel’s actions,” he told Channel 13.

Nides said the US had not been informed of the operation ahead of time, but said, “I don’t think we were surprised.”

“I don’t think we were told in advance but I think we were aware as the actions were taking place,” Nides said. “We were pretty clear that we support the state of Israel’s security.”

Nides also said in the interview that “every option” was open to the US in countering the Iranian nuclear threat, as negotiations over Tehran’s nuclear program........

© The Times of Israel

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