Israeli Amb. on 'Kelly File': WH Rush to Judgment on Israel Is 'Unacceptable'
After 24 days of rocket attacks from Hamas and air strikes from Israel, both sides are reportedly prepared to take a 72-hour humanitarian cease-fire. Meanwhile, Israel remains committed to shutting down Hamas’ network of tunnels in Gaza.
The White House slammed Israel after the United Nations said Israeli munitions hit a school, resulting in the deaths of an estimated 20 civilians. It was the third attack on a school in a week. Israel pushed back, pointing to video (above) showing the Israeli Defense Forces discovering a stockpile of weapons and the entrance to a Hamas tunnel inside a house of worship.
Stockpiles of Hamas rockets have also been found in three UN schools.
UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon said, “Those responsible are turning schools into potential military targets, and endangering the lives of innocent children, UN employees working such facilities, and anyone using the UN schools as shelter.”
Israel has showered the region with evacuation notices, but video shows a Palestinian National and Islamic Forces representative telling civilians to ignore the warning however serious the threat may be.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest urged Israeli military officials to “live up to their high standards that they have set for the protection of innocent civilians.” He went on to say Israel’s shelling of a UN facility is “indefensible.”
Tonight on The Kelly File, Megyn spoke to Israeli Ambassador Ron Dermer, who defended Israel’s actions.
“The rush to judgment that takes place on Israel – that’s I think what’s totally unacceptable,” he said, cautioning that people should wait for all the facts to come out. “We know that the terrorists were firing at us very close to that school. We know that we engaged them. We know that they were firing mortars at our soldiers.”
Dermer stated that no other military in history has done more to take civilians from the other side out of harm’s way.
“I would ask the critics one question,” he said. “If 200 million Americans were in bomb shelters and you had a Fallujah in southern Canada or northern Mexico, do you think you would use less force than Israel is using now?”