On 27 October, 20 days after Hamas launched its horrific series of attacks against Israel; the UN General Assembly overwhelmingly passed a resolution which called for ‘an immediate ceasefire in Gaza’. The accepted resolution made no mention of and didn’t condemn Hamas, which massacred, kidnapped, raped, burnt, and tortured more than 1,400 innocent Israeli Jews and foreigners alike, including children, women, men, and the elderly, and kidnapped around 240 Israeli civilians. The resolution also didn’t include that Hamas must free all of the Israeli hostages from Gaza as a non-negotiable term of the ceasefire.
120 countries voted in favour of the non-binding resolution introduced by Jordan, and as the Hungarian Conservative reported, Hungary was among the 14 countries and four European countries along with Austria, Croatia, and the Czech Republic, which voted against the resolution.
The question could be raised:
why and how should Israel consent to a ceasefire with a terror organization that, only one month ago, launched a series of brutal attacks against Israeli civilians, still holds around 240 hostages, and won’t stop firing rockets at the Jewish population?
As Kenneth M. Pollack phrased in his The Hill article, ‘A ceasefire now would only lead to more war and more killing in the future.’ If there were a ceasefire, it would only benefit Hamas, which not only killed more than 1,400, took captive more Israeli civilians, but exposed its own Gazan civilians as well. As Pollack pointed out, ‘Hamas’s act set back the cause of a possible peace agreement between Israel and Palestinians, eliminated any prospect of a more moderate Palestinian leadership emerging to challenge them, blocked the rapprochement between Israel and the Arab states, and drove a wedge between the United States and its Arab allies.’
The journalist also highlighted that ‘if Tehran’s Palestinian ally can attack Israel with impunity, massacre its civilians, undermine its deterrent, and not suffer any meaningful consequences—while being lionized by the Arab street and much of the Western left—it would be another dazzling win for Iran.’ As Pollack eloquently put it,
‘When you reward an aggressor and prevent the attacked from fighting back, you simply encourage that aggressor to attack again, and encourage other would-be aggressors to do the same.’
Netanyahu: ‘There will be No Ceasefire Until Hamas Releases All Israeli Hostages’
On 30 October, Gilad Erdan, Israel’s ambassador to the United Nations, gave a powerful speech in front of the world body, blasting the Security Council for not condemning Hamas terrorists for the intentional murder of Israeli civilians on 7 October and remaining silent just like the ‘world’ did when Nazis killed innocent Jews at Auschwitz.
During his address, he called out the Security Council’s silence on the brutal acts committed by Hamas terrorists, comparing it to when his grandfather Chaim and his children were sent to Auschwitz.
‘When his babies were sent to the gas chambers, the world stayed silent. When their bodies were burned along with millions of other Jewish children, the world was silent. Today, after innocent Jewish babies were burned alive, this Council is still silent. Some of you have learned nothing in the past 80 years. Some of you have forgotten why this body was established.’—Erdan exclaimed.
‘Just like my grandparents and the grandparents of millions of Jews, from now on, my team and I will wear Yellow Stars. We will wear this star until you wake up and condemn the atrocities of Hamas. We will walk with a yellow star as a symbol of pride. A reminder that we swore to fight back to defend ourselves,’ he added.
The ambassador also made a comparison between Hitler and Iran’s Ayatollah Khamenei, saying, ‘The latter’s regime is the Nazi regime who on the day of the massacre called for the eradication of Israel alongside a video of Israelis running for their lives as his Hamas Einsatzgruppen mowed them down with machine guns…If Hitler had a Twitter account, it would look exactly the same as Khameini’s.’
He blasted the UN for not condemning the ‘Nazi murderers,’ accusing them of emboldening the terrorists in their efforts when the UN General Assembly was seen ‘applauding efforts to prevent the Jews from defending themselves’.
Israel’s ambassador to the UN concluded by describing Jews as ‘unbreakable’ and stressing that ‘Many have tried to destroy us…but none have succeeded. The Iranian Reich will be no different! Israel will prevail. We will bring our hostages home. And the citizens of the Jewish State will live in peace and freedom.’
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu stressed in a recent ABC News interview that there will be no ceasefire until Hamas releases all Israeli hostages.
Reacting to the question regarding the loss of innocent lives in Gaza, Netanyahu explained that every innocent civilian loss is a tragedy and Israel fights an enemy that is ‘particularly brutal’ as they are using civilians as human shields. The Israeli prime minister also stressed that when Israel urges civilians to evacuate, Hamas forces them to stay at gunpoint as they need them as human shields. According to the IDF-exposed intelligence footage, terrorists were firing rockets within a hospital.
Never Again is Now: Pro-Hamas Palestinian Supporters Beat an Elderly Israeli Activist to Death in Los Angeles
The United Nations member states and Palestinian activists in Western countries are fighting for a ceasefire which would only benefit Hamas, whose only aim is to achieve the full destruction of Israel and the Jewish people ‘from the river to the sea,’ not even caring about how many Palestinian civilians lives it would it cost. I would propose to ask pro-Hamas Palestinian supporters in Western countries who hypocritically only condemn Israel— the state which was attacked and now fighting for its existence—for killing Palestinians whether they ever thought about how little Hamas cares about innocent Palestinian civilians, achieving a two-state solution, or making a real ceasefire or peace in the region?
a number of videos show that Palestine-sympathizers in Western countries are not looking for a peaceful solution either,
as they advocate for the full destruction of the Jewish nation, chanting antisemitic slogans, tearing down pictures of innocent Jewish hostages, including babies and children, burning Israeli flags,—which until now was only a frequent phenomenon in Iran—vandalizing Jewish shops, marking and burning Jewish homes. The violence continued on the one-month anniversary of 7 October as well, as a Palestinian activist beat an old Jewish man to death in Los Angeles.
President Novák in Israel: ‘We, Hungarians, can never be indifferent towards whatever is happening in Israel’
From the start of the outbreak of the war, Hungary showed its unequivocal support for Israel.
Only hours after the Hamas attacks, Prime Minister Viktor Orbán was one of the first prime ministers to react to what happened, writing: ‘We strongly condemn the brutal attack against Israel, and unequivocally support Israel’s right to self-defence. I would like to express my sympathy and condolences to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. Our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel in these dark hours.’
As Hungarian Conservative reported, President Katalin Novák has recently paid a solidarity visit to Israel to meet with Isaac Herzog. In a video posted to her Facebook page, she elaborated on the purpose of her visit, saying:
‘I am in Israel, the Holy Land. I came to Jerusalem on my way home from Australia to tell them in person that Hungary deeply empathizes with the recently attacked Israel. It’s been 30 days since a terror organization charged into Israel in a vile manner, brutally slaughtering innocent children, men and women, mothers and fathers, young and old, and dragged them away as hostages…We, Hungarians, can never be indifferent towards whatever is happening in Israel. I came to Israel on a solidarity visit. I personally ensured President Isaac Herzog of Hungary’s support. We stand by Israel!’
Mother of Two Hungarian-Israeli Hostages Would Go to Gaza to Save Her Children
The Hungarian Ministry of Foreign Affairs confirmed that there are five Hungarian-Israeli hostages held in Gaza. The 15-year-old Dafna’s and 8-year-old Ela’s mother, Maayan Zin, begged in a video message to Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and US President Joe Biden that either assist in bringing her daughters home or bring her to Gaza, where their daughters are.
On 7 October, Dafna and Ela were visiting their father, Noam Elyakim, at Nahal Oz, a kibbutz near the Gaza border, where he lived with his partner, Dikla Arava, and her 17 years old son, Tomer. As Hamas arrived at their home, they brutally killed the father, his partner, and her son in front of Dafna and Ela and kidnapped them to Gaza. Maayan first saw the video taken by a terrorist of what happened to her ex-husband and her two little girls, and then saw photos in which her daughters are sitting on a mattress in Gaza in pyjamas that aren’t theirs. One of the pictures had an Arabic caption by Hamas saying: ‘Dafna is ready for prayers; she is in prayer clothing’.
It’s heartbreaking to realize that there are hundreds of stories like Dafna’s and Ela’s, and it’s hard to imagine the pain and fear that the loved ones of the hostages have to go through as they’re anxiously waiting to see and hug their loved ones again.
It’s also hard to phantom that instead of empathy and expressing unequivocal solidarity with those affected by this tragedy,
countless videos show 'Palestinian' activists in Western countries tearing down the images of hostages, including babies, children, teenagers, women, men and elders.
In a recent video, also shared by Maayan Zin, a young man tore down the pictures of Dafna and Ela with a smile on his face.
Most of the time, when Israeli activists confront these pro-Hamas activists—mostly young women and men—why and how they dare to tear down the pictures of innocent Israeli Jewish civilians, they are saying that they support Hamas terrorists because they are freedom fighters, and Israel should be wiped out. Many of them even called the stories of hostages Israeli propaganda and questioned even the brutal atrocities of Hamas on 7 October.
Sasha Ambransky precisely phrased in his The Nation article that those who tear down posters of hostages are denying the basic humanity of the Israeli victims.
‘Common humanity dictates that if you mourn a dead Palestinian, you should also mourn a dead Israeli; that if you mourn the Muslim victims of guns and bombs, you should also mourn the Jewish victims; that if you mourn the lives upended in Gaza, you should also mourn the lives upended in the kibbutzim of southern Israel by a terror attack that involved the murder of infants and children, families being burned alive, the gunning down of hundreds of young concert goers, and other unspeakable atrocities...so too you should feel the pain of those in Israel who watched their families being butchered, as well as the pain of the hostages and the pain of the hostages’ loved ones left to wonder if they will ever see their relatives and friends again,’ Ambransky explained.