I was surprised to see conservative Pat Buchanan make such no holds bar criticism of Israel’s actions in Gaza. In this MSNBC segment, below, Buchanan says that Gaza is like a concentration camp and that Hamas’ little rockets for six months didn’t kill anyone while Israel is now causing massive destruction and suffering. Buchanan in this video also accuses Israel of using US tax dollars to build illegal settlements on the West Bank.
In this article, Buchanan calls on Obama to denounce Israeli actions in Gaza. Buchanan ridicules Bush by saying: “For eight years, like the ‘dummy’ in a hand of bridge, Bush has sat mute as his Israeli partner, Sharon or Olmert, played America’s cards as well as their own.”
Buchanan says, “While the United States must support Israel’s right to defend her towns and to strike bases from which Israelis are being attacked, Obama should denounce the collective punishment of 1.5 million Palestinians in Gaza, by Israel’s cutting off their electricity in the dead of winter and denying them the food and medicine many need to survive.
“For us to remain silent in the face of this comports neither with our interests or our values. Israel’s policy of withholding from the weak and innocent of Gaza, women and children, the necessities of life, to punish the guilty who rule at the point of a gun, is a policy that Obama should declare the United States will no longer support with tax dollars.”