Thousands of anti-Israel protesters gathered outside the White House as Israel carried out hostage rescue mission

Thousands of anti-Israel protesters raged outside the White House even as Israeli forces carried out a successful hostage rescue operation on Saturday.

Protesters claimed that Israel had crossed the “red line” of “genocide” in Gaza. Meanwhile, Israel explained details of its week-long plans for Saturday’s hostage rescue mission, which saved the lives of four Israeli citizens captured during the Hamas attack on October 7.

Protesters, however, remained outraged by President Biden’s policies toward Israel and his conduct in Gaza.

“The intention is to draw a red line where Biden will not draw one when it comes to the Israeli genocide in Gaza, and to say that we as a people are drawing the red line today to say “Enough is enough,” Nas Issa, a protester with the Palestinian Youth Movement, told NBC News. “It’s time for an arms embargo, and it’s time to end it.”

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Thousands of pro-Palestinian protesters gather outside the White House in Washington, DC to express their displeasure with President Biden’s handling of the war between Israel and Hamas. (Getty Images)

Another protester told the outlet that she regretted voting for Biden in 2020 and would “never vote for him again.”

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The Israeli military said the hostages, three men and a woman, were rescued in the largest hostage recovery operation since the start of the war with Hamas in Gaza.

Noah Argamani, 26, was rescued at one site, while Almog Meir Jan, 22, Shlomi Ziv, 41, and Andrey Kozlov, 27, were taken to the second location. Argamani is one of the most recognized hostages since the video of his kidnapping was among the first to surface. She can be seen in the video between two men on a motorcycle, one arm outstretched and the other held down as she screams, “Don’t kill me!”

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Noah Argamani, 26, Almog Meir Jan, 22, Shlomi Ziv, 41, and Andrey Kozlov, 27, were rescued in two separate locations during a complex daytime special operation in the heart of central Nuseirat from Gaza. (FDI)

Officers from the special anti-terrorism unit of the Yamam National Police along with Shin Bet agents simultaneously attacked two Hamas buildings to bring the hostages to safety. Argamani was rescued at one site, while Meir Jan, Kozlov and Ziv were at a second site.

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During the operation, Chief Inspector Arnon Zmora, an officer of the Yamam special anti-terrorist unit, was seriously injured and later died.

Protesters hold up signs

Pro-Palestinian demonstrators shout slogans and hold signs as they gather near the White House in Washington, DC, to protest Israel’s actions in Gaza. (Photo by Mandel Ngan/AFP via Getty Images)

Meanwhile, protesters outside the White House chanted slogans against Zionism and appeared to call for wiping Israel off the map.

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“We don’t want two states, we’re going back to 1948,” the demonstrators chanted. The slogan refers to the year in which Israel was created following a UN partition plan that would have also created a Palestinian state. Instead, Arab nations attacked Israel and, after being defeated, Egypt took control of the Gaza Strip and Jordan the West Bank.

Fox News’ Michael Dorgan contributed to this report

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