Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) has urged Vice President Kamala Harris and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin to show Israel how to defeat Hamas without civilian casualties.
Harris and Austin had previously criticized the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) for how it is conducting its strikes against Hamas. Graham, in an appearance on CNN’s “State of the Union,” blasted Harris and Austin for their criticism. The lawmaker urged Harris to provide Israel with an alternative solution that would take out Hamas without civilian casualties.
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“I don’t want any innocent Palestinian to die, but how do you do this?” Graham asked. “Vice President Harris, tell Israel how to destroy Hamas in a way not to hurt innocent Palestinians, and I will pass it along. I don’t know how to do this, because Hamas is integrated into the apartments, the schools, and the hospitals. They have tunnels all over the place. The reason so many Palestinians are dying is because Hamas wants them to die. So if you have got ideas about lessening civilian casualties, let me know. I will tell Israel, or you tell them directly. But the idea of Hamas still standing when this is over would be the ultimate strategic failure.”
Host Dana Bash, while trying to justify Austin and Harri, argued that their criticism came as a result of too many Palestinian civilians dying from Israeli air strikes.
“Well, tell us how to do it differently,” Graham responded. “Yes, what is too many people dying in World War II after Pearl Harbor? Did the American public worry about how many people were dying to destroy Tokyo and Berlin? I know this is not the same, but it’s similar. I mean, after October the 7th, Israel is at total war with Hamas. What they did, you won’t even show on television, probably because you can’t. So, the bottom line here is, no Republican believes this, by the way. No Republican is telling Israel to change your military tactics, because I don’t know how to change them.”