CNN International anchor Becky Anderson attacked former Israeli Defense Minister Naftali Bennett, accusing Israel of firing indiscriminately at Hamas terrorists and civilians after they retaliated following hundreds of rockets being fired at them within 24 hours.
As Anderson charged Israel with using excessive force while ardently defending the Palestinians, Bennett fired back and asked her what her country would do if they were being bombarded with extensive rocket fire.
The anchor informed Bennett that Israel could not obey “international law” when striking back at Hamas rocket attacks, even though Israeli citizens were reportedly targeted and killed.
“How can any strikes on Gaza, which is such a densely populated area, be targeted at military sites only?” she aggressively charged. “It doesn’t suggest that Israel is supporting international law … Perhaps will you admit that these airstrikes have been indiscriminate?”
“Absolutely not,” Bennett incredulously declared.
(Video Credit: Naftali Bennett)
“Perhaps you suggest that we just lay back, let them shoot rockets at us, not shoot back, because they are hiding the rockets behind women and children. Would you do that, Becky? If your family was under fire, would you suggest that your government not defend you because they are hiding the guns and rockets behind civilians?” Bennett asked.
Anderson did not answer Bennett. Instead, she deflected commenting on Israel’s superior technology as if somehow it gave them an unfair advantage. She demanded that he admit Palestinian civilians were suffering the most egregiously during the conflict.
“They are suffering the most from their own government,” Bennett fired back, reiterating the fact that Hamas uses human shields including children, and utilizes civilian areas to store weapons. “Any country is expected to defend its citizens, and you, Becky, should not be speaking about us. It’s them, it’s Hamas, it’s deplorable what they’re doing, using their own people as human shields. There’s nothing more cynical than that.”
Anderson went on to refer to Israel as “occupiers” and quoted organizations who call the country an “apartheid” state during the contentious and biased interview. She posited that Jerusalem has never been “more divided” than it is currently.
“Where does this end, sir?” she asked Bennett.
“Actually, the city has been way more divided,” he explained. “When it was under Arab rule, Jews were forbidden to go to the Wailing Wall. While it’s under Israeli rule, and it will continue to be under Israeli rule, any Muslim, any Christian, any Jew, can enjoy the freedom of religion … Yes, there are tensions.”
Bennett posited that the moment Hamas stopped wanting to” annihilate” the Jews, the conflict would come to an end: “The moment they give up their desire to annihilate the Jewish people and the Jewish land, there will be peace,” he commented.
Bennett tweeted on the interview: “While Hamas is raining missiles on Israel, a CNN interviewer has accused Israel of using ‘excessive force.’ Here is my answer. Together we will win!”
A Knesset member who leads the right-wing Yamina alliance, Bennett stated this week that he would not seek to remove Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from office due to the ongoing violence.
“In response to HUNDREDS of rockets in the last 24 hours, the IDF has struck a number of significant terror targets and terror operatives across the Gaza Strip, marking our largest strike since 2014,” the IDF stated on Twitter. “We are currently striking more terror targets in Gaza.”
In response to HUNDREDS of rockets in the last 24 hours, the IDF has struck a number of significant terror targets and terror operatives across the Gaza Strip, marking our largest strike since 2014.
We are currently striking more terror targets in Gaza.
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 12, 2021
There is plenty of video footage on social media of the attacks:
WATCH as the Iron Dome Aerial Defense System intercepts rockets over southern Israel: pic.twitter.com/xUz3bMuTzz
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 12, 2021
RAW FOOTAGE: This is the moment the Iron Dome intercepted a barrage of rockets over Tel Aviv and central Israel. pic.twitter.com/8jl8OTgWCl
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) May 11, 2021
NOW – Hamas is launching non-stop rocket waves at Israel this morning after deadly airstrikes by IDF on Gaza last night. One Israeli dead following an impact in Ramat Gan. The death toll in Israel rises to 11.pic.twitter.com/pPIPBzM6gd
— Disclose.tv 🚨 (@disclosetv) May 15, 2021
— Entei (@EnteiPSF) May 15, 2021
The moment a rocket fired from Gaza hit the Israeli Arab town of Taibeh.
— Mark Halawa – مارك حلاوه (@HalawaMark) May 15, 2021
A rocket hit Taybe, an Arab city in Israel with around 50,000 Israeli Arab civilians.
— Hananya Naftali (@HananyaNaftali) May 15, 2021
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