After House Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) tweeted on Monday that Israeli air strikes "killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism," Senator Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) told Fox News that Omar was "out of her mind." He also said that the terrorist groups Hamas and Hezbelloh "deliberately want" civilians to be killed because they can use it for propaganda purposes.
On May 10, Omar tweeted, "Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism. Palestinians deserve protection. Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians. It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid."
Asked about the tweet on Fox News Primetime on Wednesday, Rubio said, “She was out of her mind when she [posted] that. Number one, the Iron Dome wouldn't need to exist if it wasn't for Hamas and Hezbollah. The reason it exists is because these terrorists have rockets, and they use it to try to kill Israelis. That's the reason why it exists."
"Number two, the only response that you have seen from Israel is in response to these attacks," said Rubio. "They live in a very tough neighborhood. They made it abundantly clear, if you hit us we will hit you back five times harder. Hamas knows that."
"This is a plan," said the senator. "They do this knowing there is going to be a response. Knowing that innocents are going to be killed and civilians are going to be killed. They know it's going to happen. They deliberately want it to happen, so they can get tweets like that, and people around the world to take up their cause."
Israeli air strikes killing civilians in Gaza is an act of terrorism.— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 10, 2021
Palestinians deserve protection.
Unlike Israel, missile defense programs, such as Iron Dome, don’t exist to protect Palestinian civilians.
It’s unconscionable to not condemn these attacks on the week of Eid. https://t.co/vWWQfMqBkT
Rubio continued, “This is an organization that pays bonuses -- which by the way was just restored -- giving back money to the Palestinian Authority and through them as well, Hamas. If you are a martyr, as they call it -- if you kill yourself by trying to go after the Israelis -- they pay your family a stipend for the rest of their lives. They pay them a martyr's benefit."
"If you go to jail for trying to kill or killing an Israeli, when you get out, they promise you a job, they promise you a pension, and they take care of your family while you are in there," said Rubio. "They create financial incentives for these attacks. Both the Palestinian Authority and Hamas. Those are the terrorists.”