US Senator John McCain (R-Arizona)
Mon Jul 14, 2014 12:31PM GMT
Hawkish US Senator John McCain (R-Arizona) says Israel is demonstrating “restraint” in its continuing airstrikes on the Gaza Strip that have killed over 170 people, adding such “restraint” is “admirable.”
According to the latest reports, the death toll from Israel’s attacks on the besieged Gaza Strip has risen to 175. Over 1,230 Palestinians have also been injured since the Tel Aviv regime began its deadly airstrikes on Gaza on Tuesday.
Reports also show Palestinian families are fleeing their homes in northern Gaza. According to the Gaza-based Palestinian Centre for Human Rights, more than three quarters of the victims are civilians.
Meanwhile, Palestinian fighters have launched more rockets into Israel in retaliation for the bombardment of Gaza.
In an interview with CNN’s ‘State of the Union’ on Sunday, McCain said the situation has become “more dangerous than any time in the past” and he blamed Palestinians for Israel’s atrocities against them.
“It’s very important to understand: There’s no moral equivalency here. Israel is being attacked by hundreds of rockets,” McCain, who is a member of the US Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said.
“Picture the United States of America with a country contiguous to ours, that we’re being subjected to rocket attacks. So the restraint of the Israelis, in my view, is admirable,” the Arizona Republican added.
McCain’s remarks came just two days after Jewish protesters in 15 US cities condemned the Zionist regime for its atrocities against Palestinians.
On Friday, Jewish Voice for Peace organized anti-Israel protests in Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, New York, Philadelphia, and San Francisco, among other US cities.
Jewish Voice for Peace is allied with the international Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions Movement which campaigns for the boycott of Israeli goods.