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White House Must Stop the ‘Buts’ When Terror Strikes Israel

Yet another attack in Jerusalem underscores the “but” in U.S. policy that encourages and emboldens terrorists—terrorism is wrong, they hear from Washington, but what about that Israeli policy?

Terrorists couldn’t agree more with the latter part of that blame game.

After Sunday’s fatal drive-by shooting spree, Hamas branded the killings “a natural reaction to the continued crimes committed by the Israeli occupation against the Palestinians and the Holy al-Aqsa Mosque.”

The usual evergreen reaction, meanwhile, came from the U.S. State Department, condemning “in the strongest possible terms the terrorist attack” and extending “deepest condolences to the families of those killed.”

And while the State Department spokesman said “there is absolutely no justification for the taking of innocent lives” and condemned “statements glorifying this reprehensible and cowardly attack,” the U.S. government has bought into the Hamas narrative that attacks are reactionary—a response to Israeli policy—instead of predatory, driven by the desire to wipe the Jewish state off the map.

Continue reading in the New York Observer…

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