In an interview with Jorge Ramos Fusion TV, Ms. Hillary was asked about civilian deaths in Gaza. Hamas treats civilian death statistics as propaganda and carefully nurtures them. They are treated as gospel and routinely recited by the media without reservation.
Bret Stephens took up the issue in an important Wall Street Journal column yesterday, addressing the officials and policymakers who use the statistics to criticize Israel or promote a ceasefire or the like. Stephens’s column is “Palestine makes you dumb” (behind the Journal’s annoying subscription paywall but accessible via Google).
In the video below, Ms. Hillary touches all the bases in her response.
Hamas intended to provoke Israel. That’s why they started firing the rockets again. Good explanation!
Ms. Hillary takes credit for having engineered the previous Hamas-Israel ceasefire that lasted….until now, when it didn’t.
An accomplishment, at last! Ms. Hillary engineered a ceasefire that lasted until a time of Hamas’s choosing.
Hamas “had its back against the wall, and then started firing missiles.”
Israel has the right to defend itself, obviously.
Israel discovered the tunnel networks. Civilian deaths are heartbreaking. Hamas embeds its men and materiel in civilian areas. Israel sends warnings. Conflicts will produce civilian casualties, so we need a ceasefire as soon as possible.
I would say that Israel therefore needs to crush Hamas as soon as possible, but that is one base Hillary won’t touch.
And she ain’t a military planner, but part of it is that Gaza is “a pretty small place,” so…you know….Gaza puts its leadership in civilian areas. (Left unsaid: Like the basement of Al Shifa Hospital.)
Hillary Matters For America is on the case and emails this quote, for the exculpatory “context.” Ms. Hillary speaks:
I’m not a military planner, but Hamas puts its missiles — its rockets in civilian areas. Part of it is that Gaza’s pretty small and it’s very densely populated. They put their command and control of Hamas military leaders in those civilian areas. Israel, I know, has sent warnings and tried to get people to move, but in any kind of conflict there are going to be civilian casualties, and we need to try to get to a cease-fire as soon as possible.
Video via Washington Free Beacon.