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Eli Cohen: ‘An evil that’s not created even by the devil’

Israel's foreign minister referred to the Hamas terrorists as "monsters, inhuman terrorists."

The scene where a rocket fired from Hamas in the Gaza Strip hit buildings and cars in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on Oct. 9, 2023. Photo by Liron Moldovan/Flash90.
The scene where a rocket fired from Hamas in the Gaza Strip hit buildings and cars in the southern Israeli city of Ashdod on Oct. 9, 2023. Photo by Liron Moldovan/Flash90.

Eli Cohen, Israel’s foreign minister, said on Monday evening in a press conference that the Jewish state is engaged in a war, which it did not start, with the “vicious” terrorist organization Hamas.

“They’re monsters, inhuman terrorists,” Cohen said.

On Monday morning, the minister visited the southern Israeli cities of Ashkelon, Netivot and Ofakim.

There and in postings online, “We saw a massacre, a brutal slaughter of civilians. We saw the slaughter of children, women, teenagers,” Cohen said. “Entire families. Mother, father, children.”

“It’s an evil that’s not created even by the devil. I think that in the last decades, I don’t think that we saw such things, maybe only in ISIS what they did,” he said. “ISIS did it to men and woman, but to take an 85-year-old Holocaust survivor in a wheelchair captive. Even between the war between Russia and Ukraine, we did not see murdering entire families.”

The only times the world previously saw such “vicious and evil” was with the Nazis and maybe with ISIS, according to the minister.

“Hamas executed an historical massacre that the world will not forget,” he said.

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