While appearing on the August 4 edition of "CNN Newsroom," political commentator Marc Lamont Hill whined that Israel's Iron Dome takes away Hamas' military leverage, Newsbusters reported. He also claimed the defensive system “serves an offensive purpose” by not letting Hamas attack and kill Israelis.
"But what the Iron Dome does is it also takes away all of Hamas's military leverage which is very different than say, 10 years ago or 15 years ago in other wars like Lebanon, et cetera," he said. "As a result, it not only serves a defensive purpose but de facto serves an offensive purpose. It allows Israel to essentially assault and siege Gaza without any retribution or response on the other side. So again, to some extent, they are not just funding defense, they are funding an offensive war and ultimately an occupation. That for me, is the problem."
Newsbusters' Connor Williams said Hill "misses the point about military conflicts." The end result, naturally, is to win while limiting civilian casualties on one's side.
Townhall editor Katie Pavlich slammed Hill for his comments on Twitter, Twitchy said. In response, Hill claimed he didn't say what he said.
"I know you don't care about actual facts, but that's not at all what i (sic) said," the Morehouse College professor tweeted. Twitchy responded by posting the transcript provided by Newsbusters, noting that Hill "said pretty much exactly what Katie Pavlich said he did."
Hill continued to flail, saying that he doesn't want Hamas to have weapons. He also called on so-called "moderates" to create peace, but apparently fails to understand that Hamas' charter calls for genocide and the destruction of Israel. When cornered on that point, he claimed that "moderate" organizations could prevail.
"I'm not calling Hamas moderate," he said on Twitter. "I'm saying there are moderate organizations that could prevail." Hill, however, didn't mention any so-called "moderate" groups willing to intervene.
Throughout the conversation and the ensuing debate on Twitter, one thing became clear. At no time did Hill ever condemn Hamas for shooting rockets at Israeli civilians. Pavlich noticed this as well, and informed Hill that if the rocket fire stopped, the Israeli military action would also stop.
"No, it's just clear you won't condemn Hamas for firing rockets at Israel," she said. "No rockets = no problem. Ciao."