Israeli President Isaac Herzog has firmly rejected Angelina Jolie’s claims of war crimes in Gaza and refuted the existence of a humanitarian crisis in the region. This dispute follows Jolie’s accusations of Israel’s actions against Palestine, where she condemned Israeli air strikes in Gaza and labeled it a deliberate attack on a confined population.
Herzog emphasized that Jolie’s claims lacked first-hand experience, stating, “I totally reject her claims. I think she’s never been in Gaza… to visit and see the facts on the ground.” According to Herzog, there is indeed an ongoing conflict in Gaza, but he asserts that there is no humanitarian crisis preventing survival.
Jolie, who serves as a special envoy to the UN High Commission for Refugees, accused Israel of war crimes on her Instagram account, expressing deep concern over the impact of Israeli air strikes. She described Gaza as an open-air prison and lamented the loss of innocent lives, particularly children and families.
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The actress called for a humanitarian ceasefire and criticized world leaders for not taking more active measures in response to the situation. In response, Herzog maintained that Jolie’s comments did not consider the Israeli perspective and underscored that Gaza’s situation is not solely the result of Israeli actions, but rather, it’s a complex situation involving Iranian influence and terrorism.
The dispute highlights the divergent viewpoints surrounding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict and the complex dynamics of the region, where perceptions of the situation vary widely among international figures and leaders.