In a Senate floor speech yesterday, U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (R-FL) addressed growing criticism of Israel’s response to Hamas, a terrorist organization that is conducting indiscriminate attacks against Israel.In response to a letter he received from Palestine Liberation Organization (PLO) Ambassador to the U.S., Maen Rashid Areikat, Rubio criticized the Palestinian Authority’s continued willingness to govern with a terrorist organization and urged the Palestinian government to condemn Hamas.
In his Senate speech Rubio hit back on the attempts by some to find a moral equivalence in the Israeli-Hamas battle.
Don’t tell me both sides are to blame here. Because it’s not true. It isn’t true. This is the result of one thing and one thing alone: Hamas has decided to launch rockets against Israel. Hamas has decided to build this extensive network of underground tunnels so in a moment of conflict they can get these commandos into Israel and kill Israelis. And what is Israel doing? What any country would do.
This crisis would end tomorrow if Hamas would turn over its rockets and stop bombarding people. This would end tomorrow, by the way, if the Hamas commanders were not such cowards. And I’ll tell you why they’re cowards. Because while they’re on TV asking their people to go to the rooftops of these buildings, you know where they are? They are hiding in the basement. They are hiding in their basement command center, which by the way is located, as I said, in the basement, underneath of a hospital. This would end tomorrow, the civilian deaths could end tomorrow, if they stopped storing rockets in schools, including a U.N. school – where by the way, when the U.N. discovered these rockets, you know what they did with them? They turned them back over to Hamas.
On Thursday, Rubio joined U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Charles E. Schumer (D-NY), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH) and Ben Cardin (D-MD) to announce a new Senate resolution urging the Obama administration to ensure that any ceasefire does not leave Israel vulnerable to attacks from rockets or via tunnels.