Harry Reid supports Israeli terrorism, calling bombing of Gaza “very important.”

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January 22, 2009 by The Mormon Worker

Harry Reid, taking his talking points straight out of the AIPAC book, places Hamas’ rocket fire outside the context of decades of Israeli occupation, land confiscation, indefinite detention of Palestinians, torture in Israeli prisons, economic blockade and seige, and so forth. Text of Reid’s interview with MSNBC’s meet the press is below. Also, see John Stewarts’ critique of media bias against Palestinians, in which the Reid interview is cited as well. http://www.thedailyshow.com/video/index.jhtml?videoId=213380&title=Strip-Maul

MSNBC’s Meet the Press, Jan 4th 2009

SEN. HARRY REID (D-NV): Thank you very much.

MR. GREGORY: Let me ask you about the ground invasion into Gaza.  Do you think on the part of this Israeli–of the Israelis this was offensive or defensive?

SEN. REID: I spoke to Prime Minister Olmert a couple of days ago.  He indicated that they would do the ground activities.  Let’s understand the background.  For eight years they’ve been firing rockets into Israel.  They’ve become more intense the last few months.  Israelis have been killed, maimed and injured.  Sometimes more than 200 a day coming into Israel.  If this were going on in the United States from Vancouver, Canada, into Seattle, would we react?  Course we do.  We would have to.  I think what the Israelis are doing is very important.  I think this terrorist organization, Hamas, has got to be put away.  They’ve got to come to their senses.  The Fatah group, which is–makes up part of Palestinian group, has a peace arrangement with Israel. Hamas should do the same.

MR. GREGORY: And they’re in power in the West Bank.

SEN. REID: That’s right.  And, and, and Israel, for–since 1967, controlled Gaza.  They gave it to the Palestinians as a gesture of peace.  And all they got are a bunch of rockets in return.

MR. GREGORY: So you think that Israel ought to move forward and try to remove Hamas from power?

SEN. REID: They have to.  I, I’m not concerned about removing Hamas from power, I’m concerned about stopping the rocket fire and the mortar fire into Israel.  That is the key, and that’s what Israel’s up to according to the prime minister.

MR. GREGORY: Should there be an immediate cease-fire?

SEN. REID: If the Hamas organization will agree and there is some degree of certainty that they will follow through.  They, in the past, have simply not lived up to what they said they would do.  If there’s a way of enforcing this cease-fire, then yes.  Otherwise, Israel has to continue till they stop the rockets and mortars coming into Israel, maiming, injuring…

MR. GREGORY: Right.

SEN. REID: …and killing Israelis.

MR. GREGORY: So you, you’re in sync with the Bush administration on this point?

SEN. REID: Yes, I am.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/28493781/

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4 thoughts on “Harry Reid supports Israeli terrorism, calling bombing of Gaza “very important.”

  1. theradicalmormon says:

    Reid is married to a Jewish lady who had relatives that died in the holocaust. He apparently has no relatives that have died in the brutal occupation of Gaza and the West Bank.

  2. Grégoire says:

    Reid is married to a Jewish lady who had relatives that died in the holocaust.

    For the record, technically, so am I.

  3. Grégoire says:

    This is such a transparently silly interview, even a brain-dead dummox like myself can enjoy picking it apart. It’s really amazing what the sheep fall for these days.

    That’s right. And, and, and Israel, for–since 1967, controlled Gaza. They gave it to the Palestinians as a gesture of peace. And all they got are a bunch of rockets in return.

    Gaza was occupied by the Ottoman Turks in 1492 (an easy date to remember) and remained occupied until the French invaded in 1799. There were a series of uprisings which saw a de-facto autonomy, which ended when Egypt invaded in 1830, and by the end of the decade Egypt ceded it back to the Ottoman Empire. WWI saw it change to the British Mandate of Palestine/Transjordan in the early 20th century.

    So a people (originally related to the Greeks) have been colonized for five hundred years, with very brief periods of limited independence. Through it all they’ve fought hard to defend their country and retain some measure of cultural, if not political independence.

    If this were going on in the United States from Vancouver, Canada, into Seattle, would we react? Course we do.

    That’s exactly what’s been going on if one reverses the analogy. If the Bermudans or the Mexicans invaded the rest of North America, I’m sure we’d all be lining up to join our local guerrilla brigades. Why fault the people who are supporting Hamas? They have no other option except suicide.

    This is really so ridiculous I can’t believe it. It would be funny if it weren’t so tragic.

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