On his nationally syndicated radio show Monday, Mark Levin discussed the differences between the State of Israel and Hamas and the governing authority of the Palestinian Gaza Strip territory, explaining, “if you do not destroy the terrorist regimes, that control those areas, you cannot treat them as quote, unquote ‘equals.’ One [Israel] is a government elected by the people. One [Hamas] is a terrorist operation that tortures and murders and scares the hell out of people.”
Levin’s comments were in response to Democratic Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ statements on CNN’s “State of the Union” Sunday, wherein he described Israel’s response to the 2014 Gaza war as “disproportionate.”
“Was Israel’s response disproportionate? I think it was. Israel has a 100 percent — and no one will fight for that principle more strongly than I will — has the right to live in freedom, independently and in security without having to be subjected to terrorist attacks,” Sanders said. "But I think that we will not succeed to ever bring peace into that region unless we also treat the Palestinians with dignity and respect, and that is my view.”
Hamas has “been viewed as a terrorist organization by our government for years and years and years, because it terrorizes,” Levin said.
Below is a transcript of Levin’s comments on his show:
“Tell me, does Hamas treat the Palestinians with dignity and respect?
“When Hamas shoots thousands of rockets into Israel, and then hides behind their women and children, hides behind their mosques, hides in their hospitals and their elementary schools, does Hamas have respect for the Palestinian people?
“Hamas had one election. They won it, and there’s never been another of any serious type.
“Hamas is a terrorist organization, ladies and gentlemen. It’s been viewed as a terrorist organization by our government for years and years and years, because it terrorizes. Fatah [formerly the Palestinian National Liberation Movement], or whatever they call themselves right now, is in a partnership with Hamas. In other words, Fatah has thrown in with Hamas.
“So if you do not destroy the terrorist regimes, that control those areas, you cannot treat them quote-unquote as ‘equals.’ That’s just idiotic.
“One is a government elected by the people. One is a terrorist operation that tortures and murders and scares the hell out of people. This is really humiliating, quite frankly, to the Jewish people.”