“Israel must do more to help civilians, knowing full well that it faces an enemy that would never meet those standards,” says US Secretary of State Antony Blinken at a Tel Aviv press conference, adding that Hamas embeds itself among civilians and fires rockets from hospitals, mosques and schools.

He calls Hamas “an enemy whose leaders surround themselves with hostages,” and says it is “an enemy that has declared publicly its goal to kill as many innocent civilians as it can, simply because they’re Jews, and to wipe Israel off the map.”

“Israel is fully justified in confronting Hamas and other terrorist organizations,” Blinken says.

Nonetheless, he now uses caustic language to upbraid Israel on its conduct of the war in Gaza.... Read More: Times of Israel