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Surge Summary: Democrat candidate for New York City mayor Andrew Yang made some reasonable statements about the latest upsurge in Middle East violence — and, of course, some fellow Democrats – anti-Semitic, anti-Israel — ripped him for it. Biden gets plaudits for stating the obvious: that Israel has a right to defend itself. Meanwhile his Secretary of State Antony Blinken put the onus for military restraint on Israel — which is the victim of these attacks, not the aggressor.
by Gary Bauer
The Left vs. Israel
Not long ago, Israel enjoyed broad public support in America. But like so many things, the left has ruined that too.
When Hamas started firing rockets at Israel this week, Andrew Yang, who is campaigning for mayor of New York City, issued a statement defending Israel. He was immediately attacked by Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who denounced Yang’s statement as “utterly shameful.”
I guess AOC is cheerleading for Hamas.
Meanwhile, the State Department dispatched a top diplomat to the region [Wednesday], attempting to broker a ceasefire. And Biden said the bare minimum expected of an American president – that Israel has the right to defend itself.
Well, that was too much for the progressive wing of the Democrat Party. AOC attacked Joe Biden for “taking the side of occupation.”
The progressive movement, which is the ascendant wing of the Democrat Party and represented by AOC’s socialist squad, is rabidly anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. It will have serious implications for Israel and the United States in the decades ahead.
But none of Biden’s assurances to Israel should be taken seriously as long as he remains committed to giving Iran billions of dollars in sanctions relief, which the ayatollah will inevitably use to replenish Hamas’ missiles!
As we reported [Wednesday], Secretary of State Antony Blinken insisted that Israel had “an extra burden” to avoid civilian casualties. To be clear, Israel always goes out of its way to avoid civilian casualties. But Blinken has it completely backwards. Israel is not putting civilians at risk – Hamas is!
Hamas is committing war crimes by deliberately locating its weapons and rocket launchers in civilian areas. Hamas does that because they are evil and because they know we will pressure Israel with misguided demands “to avoid civilian casualties,” while Hamas continues to indiscriminately fire rockets at Israeli civilians.
But a sovereign state has an obligation to defend its citizens, which Israel is doing. It is absurd for any nation to demand that Israel handcuff itself in conflicts against barbaric terrorists who are intentionally risking civilian lives.
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Originally posted here.
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Gary Lee Bauer is an American politician and activist, who served in the Reagan administration. He later became president of the Family Research Council and a senior vice president of Focus on the Family. In 2000, he participated in the Republican presidential contest.
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