“We leave all other thoughts aside… The fate of our country hanging by a thread” stated the Benjamin Netanyahu in his extraordinary speech after the decision to form an emergency government.

Announcing the emergency government, with the head of the centrist opposition National Unity party Benny Gantz at his side, Netanyahu noted that “we are putting aside all our differences to fight an enemy worse than the Islamic State.”

Announcing the formation of the emergency government with the addition of the National Unity party, the prime minister signaled that Israel was fighting back. “Every member of Hamas is a corpse,” he said.

Netanyahu characterized the support of the US “critical” for Israel’s struggle.

“Now is the time of war”

“We stand side by side and send a clear message to the Israeli citizens and to the opponents: we are together” Ganj stated.

“Israel is in its most difficult moment, our cooperation will help to ensure victory” said the head of National Unity

Addressing Israelis who feel they no longer have security, Benny Gantz commented that “I understand the fear, I understand the pain,” but assured that “Israel has the strongest army in the region.”

“My cooperation with the government is not political, it is a cooperation for our destiny.” “This is one of the most difficult times that Israel has ever known” he said.

“Our cooperation will lead in a clear victory, and it will change reality as we rise to every challenge,” Ganj pledged.

“There is a time for peace and a time for war, now is the time of warhe emphasized.

“The ISIS of Gaza will be wiped off the face of the earth”

Israel’s Defense Minister Yoav Gallad said for his part about the Hamas attack that “such barbarity we haven’t experienced since the Holocaust.”

“It was the worst terrorist attack the world has ever seen. What happened has not happened to the Jewish people since 1945,” he said.

“We will eliminate Hamas…Hamas, ISIS of Gaza, will be wiped off the face of the earth” Gallant emphasized.

“There is no way you are killing Israeli children and we are pretending nothing is happening,” he added.

US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said earlier that he would meet with the Israeli prime minister during his trip to Israel.

“Not since the time of ISIS have we seen this kind of brutality, and we will continue to stand very resolutely against it,” Blinken told reporters before departing for Israel.