UK lawmaker Crispin Blunt was indeed blunt in his suggestion that Hamas rockets could be legitimate if they target only particular Israelis.
By United with Israel Staff
At the British House of Commons on Wednesday afternoon, Conservative Member of Parliament Crispin Blunt said the Hamas terrorist organization’s firing of rockets is “plainly…stupid, illegitimate, immoral.”
However, the reason for the condemnation was not because Israelis were being attacked. It was because the attacks were random and not at specific Israeli targets. He did not specify who those targets should be.
From his words, it appears that Crispin justifies the terror group’s “resistance.”
“You can’t tell what the targets are simply by flying weapons over the wall,” he said, “because you don’t have the capacity to engage in that targeting of what would be legitimate targets under international law as resistance.”
Conservative MP Mark Harper, apparently shocked by his colleague’s remarks, asked: “Did I correctly hear him when he was talking about the indiscriminate Hamas attacks that they send into Israel that he seemed to be saying the only problem with them is that they weren’t more accurately targeted to kill certain Israelis and that they indiscriminately killed other Israelis, and if they targeted the weapons more accurately that would be sort of okay?
“Now, I fear I may have misunderstood him but could he put me right? Because if so, I find that offensive and an extraordinary thing to say.”
Blunt’s answer indicated that the only problem he has with the Hamas violence is the tactic, which would end up being detrimental to the terrorists.
“You have, under international law, a legal right to resist,” he said, but it’s “fantastically stupid because you then give the Israelis their whole raison d’etre for their argument about the threat they are facing from the Palestinian people.
“That’s why I deplore violence from the Palestinians of any kind. Because they’re going to get smashed.”
Scenes of astonishment in the House of Commons this afternoon as @CrispinBlunt suggests the rockets fired by Hamas on Israel could be ‘legitimate’ — and @Mark_J_Harper calls that ‘offensive’https://t.co/FYFmYhiXQn pic.twitter.com/hSCsDQDHJ5
— Jewish News (@JewishNewsUK) November 24, 2021
In October 2019, Blunt accused Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis of demanding a “special status” for Britain’s Jews and backed calls for “eliminating subsidies” to the Community Security Trust in order to “save taxpayers’ money.”
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