A Democratic senator from New York tonight laid out with stunning clarity who are the bad guys in the latest eruption of violence in Israel.
Chuck Schumer said the bad guys are the Hamas terrorists. The Israelis who are defending their country against rocket attacks aimed at civilians are doing what they must to survive, Schumer said on MSNBC’s “Hardball” talk show.
I couldn’t possibly agree more with the senior senator from New York.
Yet we keep hearing from those who try to blame “both sides” of this conflict.
How can they say such things with a straight face?
Hamas is the terrorist organization dedicated to Israel’s destruction. The Palestinian Authority governs the Gaza Strip; Hamas is part of that governing authority. Hamas has been shelling Israel for several weeks now. They place their missile batteries among civilians. The Israelis must respond with its military might against the attacks. How, then, do the Israelis avoid inflicting some civilian casualties?
Schumer also noted that Israel has accepted two cease-fire deals brokered by Egypt. Hamas has rejected both of them.
The senator also spelled out that it’s Hamas that started this conflict and that Hamas has never backed away from its desire to see Israel eradicated.
The Israelis are doing what they must.
I believe Sen. Schumer has spelled out where our national allegiance must rest in this conflict. It belongs squarely with Israel.