In a statement to the press, Herzog attempted to justify his regime's planned genocide by claiming that all of the 2.3 million residents of Gaza are responsible for the recent Hamas attack.
"It is an entire nation out there that is responsible," Herzog said.
"It is not true this rhetoric about civilians not being aware, not involved. It's absolutely not true. They could have risen up. They could have fought against that evil regime which took over Gaza in a coup d'état."
Shocked at his blatant disregard for non-Israeli human life, a reporter pressed Herzog on his statements, asking him if he really believes that because Gazans did not unanimously remove Hamas from power that this "makes them, by implication, legitimate targets."
Herzog immediately shot back with, "No, I didn't say that," before proceeding to admit that this is exactly what he meant.
"When you have a missile in your g*****n kitchen and you want to shoot it at me, am I allowed to defend myself?" Herzog crudely and vulgarly asked.
(Related: Israel suddenly wants to arm its citizens to ward off terrorism, but now it looks like full-fledged war is on the agenda regardless.)
Later on in the press conference, Herzog admitted that "of course there are many, many innocent Palestinians who don't agree with this," referring to Israel's planned ground invasion of Gaza – "but unfortunately in their homes there are missiles shooting at us, at my children," he added.
In other words, every innocent man, woman and child in Gaza is housing at least one terrorist with rockets, according to Herzog. And in his mind, this fully justifies committing mass genocide against a people group currently occupying a sliver of land that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israelis have wanted to annex for a very long time.
Israel can barely contain its excitement about using the Hamas attack as justification for taking back the Gaza Strip by force. And in the process, its leaders are showing their true colors for the entire world to see.
Israel has such little regard for the 2.3 million people who live in Gaza that it is offering the roughly 1.1 million of them who live in the northernmost part of the Palestinian territory just 24 hours to flee and go somewhere, just so long as it is not Israel.
"The United Nations considers it impossible for such a movement to take place without devastating humanitarian consequences," said Stéphane Dujarric, spokesman for the UN secretary-general.
"The United Nations strongly appeals for any such order, if confirmed, to be rescinded avoiding what could transform what is already a tragedy into a calamitous situation."
Clive Baldwin, senior legal advisor to Human Rights Watch, echoed this sentiment in his own statement on behalf of his humanitarian group and the people it represents.
"Ordering a million people in Gaza to evacuate, when there's no safe place to go, is not an effective warning," Baldwin said. "World leaders should speak up now before it is too late."
Fabrizio Carboni, the Near and Middle East regional director for the International Committee of the Red Cross, issued a statement of condemnation against both sides for violating international humanitarian law.
"We are now in contact with Hamas and Israeli officials as part of efforts on this issue," he said. "As a neutral intermediary we stand ready to conduct humanitarian visits; facilitate communication between hostages and family members; and to facilitate any eventual release."
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