Blinken: Israel Killing Too Many Gaza Innocents; Oct. 7 Can’t Be License To Dehumanize Others

By Times of Israel
Posted on 02/07/24 | News Source: Times of Israel

“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.

“Israelis were dehumanized in the most horrific way on October 7,” he says. “The hostages have been dehumanized every day since, but that cannot be a license to dehumanize others.”

“The overwhelming majority of people in Gaza had nothing to do with the attacks of October 7,” he maintains, adding that they are “just like our families.”