Israel’s ambassador to the United States compared Hamas terrorists to rapists.
In a conference call Tuesday with reporters, Sallai Meridor said criticism of Israel’s actions in Gaza as disproportionate is like “telling a lady who had to push a rapist and [is] caught by the camera pushing back the rapist that she was using disproportionate force.”
Meridor added, “The context is that there is no occupation in Gaza and the context is that thousands of rockets have been launched from Gaza since we left.”
Stressing the need to respond to Hamas’ rocket attacks on Israeli towns, Meridor noted that the IDF is selective in choosing targets.
“The vast majority of the people who have been hurt are terrorists,” he said of Israel’s operation in Gaza, which as of Tuesday had left 350 Palestinians dead, including about 60 civilians, according to U.N. and Palestinian sources. “Can hitting terrorists advance the cause of peace in the region? My answer is absolutely yes.”
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