In a piece posted by the Atlantic, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton asserted that “Hamas must go,” rejecting the idea of a complete ceasefire in the Israel-Hamas war at this time.
The Jewish state went to war in response to heinous terror attacks perpetrated by Hamas last month, and Clinton’s comments come as some Democrats have been ardently advocating for a ceasefire.
“On October 7, these terrorists killed babies, raped women, and kidnapped innocent civilians. They continue to hold more than 200 hostages. They have proved again and again that they will not abide by cease-fires, will sabotage any efforts to forge a lasting peace, and will never stop attacking Israel,” Clinton wrote. “Hamas deliberately places military installations in and below hospitals and refugee camps because it is trying to maximize, not minimize, the impact on Palestinian civilians for its own propaganda purposes. The humanitarian crisis in Gaza is heartbreaking—and every death means more blood on Hamas’s hands.”
“So the Biden administration is correct not to seek a full cease-fire at this moment, which would give Hamas a chance to re-arm and perpetuate the cycle of violence,” Clinton wrote.
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has said that his country is attempting to avoid harming innocent civilians, but Hamas is blocking people from reaching safety.
“While Israel is doing everything to keep civilians out of harm’s way, Hamas is doing everything to keep them in harm’s way,” Netanyahu noted in a tweet. “Israel provides civilians in Gaza humanitarian corridors and safe zones, Hamas prevents them from leaving at gunpoint,” he noted. “It is Hamas not Israel that should be held accountable for committing a double war crime – targeting civilians while hiding behind civilians.”
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