Marco Rubio: Hamas to Blame for Gaza Casualties


rubioCivilian casualties in Gaza during the increasing violence with Israel is “100 percent” the fault of Hamas, Sen. Marco Rubio said Thursday.

In a speech on the Senate floor, the Florida Republican said the Jewish state was being unfairly blamed for the rising death toll in Gaza.

Gaza residents have been told to ignore Israeli phone calls warning of strikes and urging them to evacuate.

The Washington Free Beacon reports the policy is an effort by Hamas to garner international sympathy at the increased death toll.

“It is tragic, unfortunately, that civilians are dying in Gaza,” Rubio said. “But the reason why civilians are dying is 100 percent Hamas’ fault.

“You see, this is an organization that puts rockets and military installations right next to nurseries and hospitals and civilian population centers. You know why they do that? They do that because they know that when they launch a rocket, Israel will respond by hitting that rocket launcher, and when that rocket launcher is destroyed, so are the areas around it, and then they can get the cameras to go in there and say, ‘Look what Israel did. They wiped out a nursery or an apartment building.'”

Hamas know exactly what they’re doing to get positive news coverage, Rubio said.

“Israel is fighting for their very survival,” Rubio said. “On the other side of this conflict is a terrorist organization bent on their destruction.”

He also blasted the Obama administration’s stance toward the Jewish state in its relations with Palestine.

“I was concerned about the amount of pressure that the secretary of state was placing on the Israelis to enter into a negotiation with a Palestinian authority that didn’t have the authority or the power to reach a peace agreement they could possibly enforce, much less deliver on,” Rubio said.

“I was concerned that that pressure was being put on them at a time when Israel faced so many other challenges, the No. 1 being the ambitions that Iran has to acquire a nuclear weapon and long-range rockets that could strike Israel and eventually the mainland of the United States.”

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  1. One of the few real friends who sees the events happening in a true light..A GREAT CANDIDATE TO REPLACE ANTI SEMITE MUSLIM WHO UNFORTUNATELY EVEN JEWS PUT IN GOV – BECAUSE OF THE RELATIVE EASE OF RECEIVING GOV FREE HANDOUTS…Time for the world to realize that Abbas is no better as peace partner than Arafat was…..Both wanted and want nothing less than what they can extract from Israelis without reciprocity on their part. Once all avenues of “freebies” run out—then time for jihad….How can you sign something with fakers like that..Agreements like that are not worth anymore than the paper they are written on.

  2. What a naive star. It’s 100% the fault of the UN, including the Arab states, that nurtured sociopaths in refugee camps, and fed billions to their corrupt leaders. The world leaders must think that it’s a wonderful way to keep the lid on Jews. The most problematic ones were allowed out – to France, England, Germanazi. It wasn’t the cheapest arrangement, but Hitler (and Turkey) had already used the genocide option. Marco the Star should reflect on why Fidel let his family go. Or maybe Marco is just grabbing a cheap PR opportunity.