Tom Cotton Says Israel Can ‘Bounce The Rubble’ In Gaza Amid Humanitarian Crisis
Sen. said on Sunday that Israel can “bounce the rubble” in Gaza, as Palestinian families in the blockaded enclave struggle to survive in the face of continued bombardment and lack of basic needs.
In an interview with Fox News, the Arkansas Republican and Senate Armed Services Committee member blamed Hamas for the thousands of Palestinians Israel has bombed to death.
“As far as I’m concerned, Israel can bounce the rubble in Gaza,” the senator said, using a phrase that refers to destroying something that is already destroyed.
Cotton also essentially said that bombing Palestinian women and children in Gaza is a justified counterattack, because Hamas militants killed women and children in their Oct. 7 assault in Israel. Hamas, which is based in Gaza, also took an estimated 100 hostages from the attack, many of whom are presumably women and children.
“Anything that happens in Gaza is the responsibility of Hamas. Hamas killed women and children in Israel last weekend,” the self-proclaimed “pro-life” senator said. “If women and children die in Gaza, it will be because Hamas is using them as human shields because they’re not currently allowing them to evacuate as Israel has asked them to do so.”
Tom Cotton on Fox News Sunday: “As far as I’m concerned, Israel can bounce the rubble in Gaza. Anything that happens in Gaza is the responsibility of Hamas. Hamas killed women and children in Israel last weekend.” pic.twitter.com/j1BiV7yjab
About half a million Palestinians whose homes have been obliterated are packing into U.N.-run schools and shelters. Since Israel declared war last weekend, it has launched airstrikes on some of those shelters.
“If Hamas uses schools, and kindergartens, and mosques for military purposes, Israel has every right under the laws of war to strike back,” Cotton claimed, adding that it is Hamas and not Israel committing war crimes. Both the Israeli forces and Hamas militants have engaged in violence that would widely be considered war crimes.