Biden, Harris tout their support for Iron Dome, other Democratic candidates back Israel’s right to self-defense

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Several Democratic presidential candidates have reacted to the barrage of rocket fire launched by Palestinian terrorist groups from the Gaza Strip since Tuesday.

Former vice president and Democratic front-runner Joe Biden touted his support for the Iron Dome program, which has had a 90 percent effective rate against rocket fire in the latest escalation.

“Israel has a right to defend itself against terrorist threats. It is intolerable that Israeli civilians live their lives under the constant fear of rocket attacks. That’s why our administration was such a strong supporter of Israel’s life-saving Iron Dome,” tweeted Biden.

Similarly, Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) told JNS that she is also proud to have supported the Iron Dome system.

“The latest barrage of rocket attacks from Gaza on innocent Israelis cannot be tolerated–Israel has the right to defend itself from these horrific attacks. I join others in urging against further escalation,” Harris said. “I strongly support funding of the Iron Dome missile defense system, which is, once again, saving countless Israeli lives.”

Meanwhile, another top tier Democrat, South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg also condemned the rocket fire and Israel’s right to self-defense.

“I strongly condemn the rocket attacks on the citizens of southern and central Israel. Israel has a right to defend itself against acts of terror that set back any progress towards peace and will only serve to inflame the humanitarian situation in Gaza,” tweeted South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete Buttigieg.

However, other leading candidates, such as Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who have been critical of Israel, and in Sanders case, have proposed cutting U.S. military aid to Israel for humanitarian relief in Gaza, have so far not weighed in on the recent flareup.

Nevertheless, other long shoot candidates touted their support for Israel as well.

“I stand with Israel as terrorists backed by Iran fire rockets targeting innocent civilians. I support Israel’s right to defend its citizens from these heinous and cowardly attacks,” tweeted Montana Gov. Steve Bullock.

However, author and spiritual guru Marianne Williamson told JNS that blame lies on both sides.

“As is the case so often in Israeli and Palestinian politics, it is reasonable to say ‘Pox on both your houses.’ On one hand, it is absolutely a violation of international law for Gaza to fire rockets into civilian territory within Israel. I condemn it in no uncertain terms,” Williamson said. “On the other hand, until Israel ends the blockade and paves the way to a better life for people living within the Gaza Strip, societal violence of this kind should be considered inevitable.”

“For any country, large groups of desperate people should be considered a national security risk,” she continued. “As president I would push for a permanent cease-fire between Israel and Gaza, with an understanding that until conditions for people living in Gaza are improved then such a cease-fire is not likely to occur.”

“Rocket attacks against innocent civilians are unacceptable. Israel has the right to self-defense against attacks by terror groups inside Gaza. De-escalation is the only path forward to peace and stability,” tweeted Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.).

Finally, former Rep. Joe Sestak (D-Pa.) told JNS, “I condemn this latest violence, while recognizing Israel’s legitimate right to self-defense. This highlights the profound need to get back to the negotiating table. Until there is a final peace settlement, there will continue to be violence. It is incumbent on the United States and allies to convene the responsible parties together to negotiate a just and lasting peace in the Middle East. Israel may be safe, but it will not be secure until there is a final settlement.”

The Israel Defense Forces said at least 350 rockets have been launched in the direction of Israel from the Gaza Strip since rocket fire began early on Tuesday as reports of a ceasefire were emerging late Wednesday.



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