Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) condemned Hamas and affirmed U.S. support for Israel, calling the failure to condemn Hamas as one would condemn the Islamic State group “stunning hypocrisy.”
“Hamas and ISIS (also known as Islamic State) are both vicious, corrupt, hateful, evil groups. And both are extreme. Yet, for some reason, Hamas’ brutality doesn’t elicit the same horror from the international community as ISIS. How can that be?” Reid wondered as he addressed the Senate.
Reid said that one of the few differences between Islamic State and Hamas is the latter’s narrow focus on one single objective — the destruction of Israel.
“Consider its actions over the past several months: Hamas raided its own limited supplies for housing and general infrastructure, intended to repair the destruction that occurred during the last conflict they initiated. But Hamas instead used the stolen materials to build tunnels to hide and infiltrate Israel — infiltrating to kill, maim, kidnap and murder the innocent. These depraved agitators launched thousands of rockets into Israel, hoping to inflict death and destruction. Their rockets had no aiming capabilities — they fired indiscriminately, not caring whether they hit a child, a family or anyone,” he said.