Democratic Congressman Steve Israel, head of the Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee, said on Thursday that he’s troubled by Secretary of State John Kerry’s handling of Israel during the operation against Hamas in Gaza.
“I do get concerned with statements from Secretary Kerry, as I was concerned with statements in the Bush administration about the need to, for Israel to show sensitivity or demonstrate greater attempts with respect to civilians in Gaza,” Israel said during an interview with Bloomberg Television’s “Political Capital with Al Hunt” airing Friday. “When Israel in fact goes further than most any other country, I know to do that.”
“One of the concerns I do have is when anybody in any administration talks about the need for balance. This is a not an issue of balance; this is an issue of survival,” Israel said.
Israel will be traveling to Israel on Saturday.
“Not only do we stand with Israel in New York, we stand with Israel in Israel,” he said Monday at a mass rally in support of Israel.
“I believe that the United States has a fundamental obligation, every day, to support Israel’s right to defend itself,” the congressman said. “The reason for this conflagration is because one side decided to fire rockets against another side. The reason for many of the civilian deaths in Gaza is because one side hides its military commanders underground and forces civilians above ground.”