Conservative radio host Mark Levin again reiterated Israel’s right to defend itself, pushing back on comments New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof made during a segment on Real Time with Bill Maher.
“That is unbelievable,” Levin said during a LevinTV episode, responding to Kristof’s claim that Israel is guilty of “possible war crimes” in its latest feud with the Hamas-governed Gaza strip.
Levin pointed to Hamas as the real perpetrator in the feud, not Israel.
“I don’t have to give you chapter and verse about how Hamas slaughters and tortures its own people if they don’t fall in line. They had one election about 15 or so years ago, and they haven’t had one since,” he said.
“This whole thing is so sickening, and he knows this,” Levin continued, speaking of Kristof. “He absolutely knows this. Israel with ‘war crimes,’ seriously? If Israel wanted to wipe Gaza off the face of the earth, it would take them about two and a half days.”
The segment then cut to when Kristof echoed his “war crime” claim.
“Well, Gaza fired 4,000 rockets into Israel. What would you say Israel should have done instead of what they did?” Maher asked Kristof in the clip.
“I mean, international lawyers are pretty clear that they have a right to defend themselves. They have a right to respond at military targets, but there is a sense that their response was probably a war crime because they did not sufficiently avoid civilian casualties,” the guest responded.
Levin said of the clip: “The war crime would probably be Hamas firing missiles at population centers and hiding their missiles in population centers — in hospitals and in elementary schools, in the AP office complex, and so forth and so on.”
Kristof later attempted to compare Israel having its defense ministry in a civilian area to Hamas’s storing of missiles inside civilian buildings.
“Both sides do this,” the New York Times columnist said in the clip.
“No, no, no, it’s not likewise,” Levin scolded. “Israel’s munitions and military hardware, they’re not in population centers. The only hardware that’s in population centers are the missiles from Iron Dome that shoot up into the sky and try to stop the other missiles from hitting their area.”
“See the problem here?” he continued, calling it a “sickening and dangerous” mentality.