“My heart breaks. My country is at war. I worry for my family, my friends. I worry for my people,” Ms. Gadot, 36, wrote in a tweeted statement Wednesday as Israel faced a barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza.
“This is a vicious cycle that has been going on for far too long,” the actress continued. “Israel deserves to live as a free and safe nation, our neighbors deserve the same. I pray for the victims and their families, I pray for this unimaginable hostility to end, I pray for our leaders to find the solution so we could live side-by-side in peace. I pray for better days.”
Fighting in the region erupted over the weekend when Hamas, which is designated as a terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department, and other Islamic militants fired more than 500 rockets into Israeli territory. Israel responded Wednesday by killing a string of senior Hamas military figures and launching airstrikes on the Gaza Strip.
Ms. Gadot, who completed two years of mandatory service in the IDF, was slammed by pro-Palestinian activists as being “tone deaf.” Her last name became a top trending U.S. topic on the platform by Wednesday afternoon. She turned off replies to her tweet and did not respond to the criticism.
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