Bernie San­ders: I Don't Be­lieve the Is­raelis

Bernie San­ders slams Is­rael for elim­i­nat­ing ri­ot­ers, ig­nor­ing the fact that all those elim­i­nated were con­firmed ter­ror­ists

The Jewish Voice - - ISRAEL - By: A7 Staff

In­de­pen­dent Ver­mont Sen. Bernie San­ders slammed Is­rael for elim­i­nat­ing ter­ror­ists ri­ot­ing on the Gaza-Is­rael bor­der on Friday and threat­en­ing to force their way into sov­er­eign Is­raeli ter­ri­tory.

Six­teen ter­ror­ists were elim­i­nated, ten of whom be­longed to Ha­mas' ac­tive ter­ror wing.

San­ders said he does not ac­cept the Is­raeli gov­ern­ment's ex­pla­na­tion of the elim­i­na­tions, claim­ing, "You have tens and tens of thou­sands of peo­ple who are en­gaged in a non­vi­o­lent protest. I be­lieve now fif­teen or twenty peo­ple, Pales­tini­ans, have been killed and many many oth­ers have been wounded. So I think it's a dif­fi­cult sit­u­a­tion but my as­sess­ment is that Is­rael over­re­acted on that."

"The bot­tom line here is that the United States of Amer­ica has got to be in­volved in deal­ing with the ter­ri­ble tragedy in Gaza ..... We're look­ing at the need for the in­ter­na­tional com­mu­nity led by the United States to deal with that sit­u­a­tion. Gaza is a dis­as­ter right now... We're go­ing to con­tinue to see those kinds of demon­stra­tions and protests un­less the world com­mu­nity rec­og­nizes the prob­lem in Gaza and brings the Is­raelis and the Pale­sit­ni­ans to­gether to start ad­dress­ing those prob­lems."

Pre­vi­ously, San­ders tweeted, "The killing of Pales­tinian demon­stra­tors by Is­raeli forces in Gaza is tragic. It is the right of all peo­ple to protest for a bet­ter fu­ture with­out a vi­o­lent re­sponse."

The IDF Spokesper­son's Of­fice re­leased the pic­tures of the weapons seized on two ter­ror­ists on Friday who fired at an IDF force near the fence in the north­ern Gaza Strip dur­ing Ha­mas' "ter­ror march."

The army re­sponded to the ter­ror­ists us­ing a tank and an IAF air­craft and killed the ter­ror­ists. In ad­di­tion, IDF forces at­tacked three Ha­mas po­si­tions with a tank.

The IDF said last night that “at least 10 ter­ror­ists with a clear ter­ror­ist back­ground were killed dur­ing ter­ror at­tacks in the vi­o­lent demon­stra­tions in the Gaza Strip that took place yes­ter­day.”

Tens of thou­sands of Gazans took part in Friday's protest in five lo­ca­tions along the Gaza-Is­rael bor­der. The pro­test­ers burned tires and threw fire­bombs and rocks at the bor­der and at IDF forces.

How­ever, the prob­lems in Gaza can be laid squarely in the face of Ha­mas, which has stolen bil­lions in aid money and goods to in­crease its weapons store and

build at­tack tun­nels into Is­rael, leav­ing Gazans des­ti­tute. The protests are meant to dis­tract the Gazan pub­lic from the real cause of their trou­bles as well as sub­sti­tute for the tun­nels which Is­rael has neu­tral­ized, ac­cord­ing to pun­dits.

In ad­di­tion, the Gaza ri­ot­ers were not un­armed. Some burned tires and threw fire­bombs and rocks at IDF sol­diers sta­tioned near the bor­der. Oth­ers at­tempted to plant ex­plo­sives un­der the guise of protests. They also at­tempted a shoot­ing at­tack in north­ern Gaza. No one was shot at un­less they ap­proached the fence in an at­tempt to breach it.

Prior to the ri­ots, Is­rael re­peat­edly warned Gazans that "any­one who nears the bor­der is en­dan­ger­ing his life.

In­de­pen­dent Ver­mont Sen. Bernie San­ders slammed Is­rael for elim­i­nat­ing ter­ror­ists ri­ot­ing on the Gaza-Is­rael bor­der on Friday and threat­en­ing to force their way into sov­er­eign Is­raeli ter­ri­tory. Six­teen ter­ror­ists were elim­i­nated, ten of whom be­longed to Ha­mas’ ac­tive ter­ror wing.

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