Feinstein: Hamas on the verge of committing war crimes

posted at 9:16 am on November 21, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

To be fair, Senator Feinstein said this last night, before Hamas took credit for their heroic attack on that bus full of unarmed civilians in Tel Aviv this morning. However, it’s not as if Hamas has suddenly taken up terrorism as a last resort. The rockets have rained down on southern Israel for years from Hamas-controlled Gaza, and they’re aimed at schools, stores, and homes. Feinstein sounds a little more concerned about their points of origin than their targeting in this clip:

“I hope people see Hamas for what it is, and that is using their own people as human shields,” Feinstein said. “Putting these missiles and rockets in places right in the middle of residential areas, in homes and mosques and parks — you don’t do this. I mean, this borders on being an international war crime. Now the problem is, Hamas isn’t a member of either of the organizations — the Geneva Conventions or others that would hold this as a war crime. So, it’s a very difficult situation. Our solidarity has to be with Israel. This is a point where Israel has been under attack for a long period of time, and nothing has solved it.”

I understand what Feinstein wants to say here, but it’s old news. If people haven’t already seen what Hamas has done in the past with their targeting of civilians, use of human shields, and years of provocations, then they’re not going to see those qualities in this episode, either. The war crimes have occurred during the years-long hail of rockets on Ashdod and Sderot; they didn’t start when the missiles got better range and started threatening Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

Feinstein urged Israel to tighten their relations with Mahmoud Abbas as the only path out of the decades-long crisis, and called again for the moderate Arab states to pitch in:

“I think Israel moving forward with Mahmoud Abbas is the only way to go,” she said. “And to miss this opportunity, actually because the window is closing — the demographics of the area are making it increasingly difficult, because the Arab population inside of Israel is increasing every year. So this is, in my book, an opportunity. And if the moderate Arab nations would every really to step up to be helpful in solving this, I believe it could be solved. You’ve got a couple of very thorny issues. But the geography of it has been pretty well worked out over the years.”

Sounds great … but which “moderate” Arab nations does she mean? The increasingly Islamist American ally of Turkey (which isn’t Arab at all, of course), whose head of state called Israel a “terrorist nation” this week with nary a word of protest from the US? The moderate state of Egypt, which is now run by Hamas’ parent organization the Muslim Brotherhood, thanks to Barack Obama’s insistence that our decades-long ally Hosni Mubarak capitulate? Jordan, whose kingdom has to look at American actions in Egypt, Libya, and Turkey, and wonder why they should stick their neck out to be “moderate”? Increasingly, the only “moderate” nation in the region is Saudi Arabia, which is a rather startling realization.

A two-state solution is the best outcome for Israel. Unfortunately, Hamas is only interested in a one-state solution, a point it keeps making in word and deed over the past decade or more, and Abbas won’t back a two-state solution when he speaks to his own people in Arabic. Israel may be the only player in this conflict legitimately supporting that solution. When the US can solve that problem, we will be almost all the way to peace.


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Robert Byrd won office in West Virginia, a state which nearly nominated a convicted white felon over president Obama in this year’s Democratic primary. I’m confused as to why I, someone who has never lived in West Virginia, am somehow responsible for the electoral decisions and racial attitudes of the people in that state.

So please, remind me, under what definition of liberalism includes George Wallace and the Jim Crow Democrats?

libfreeordie on November 21, 2012 at 10:41 AM

You – hypocrite and racist that you are – lump all Conservatives together as one when you find some “bad example” to throw around…yet you have the unmitigated gall to carp, whine and snivel when the same thing is done to you and the democrats.
Byrd belongs to you, racist. As do Conner and the rest of the racist democrat paragons.
They’re yours, nancy. They ARE you.

Solaratov on November 21, 2012 at 1:26 PM

I asked this on another thread and never received an answer from our Leftist friends…

… How can there be any civilians in Gaza when their children are taught to kill Jews in school?

Seven Percent Solution on November 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Seven Percent Solution on November 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

And, how can there be any innocents, when they all the savages to shot their rockets from their houses…and hide their weaponry there?

kingsjester on November 21, 2012 at 1:28 PM

I asked this on another thread and never received an answer from our Leftist friends…

… How can there be any civilians in Gaza when their children are taught to kill Jews in school?

Seven Percent Solution on November 21, 2012 at 1:27 PM

It all depends on what your definition of civilian is …

/Leftist friend

ShainS on November 21, 2012 at 1:37 PM

So the Constitution is not the document which outlines the guidelines for liberal democracy (???) in the United States? Pray tell, what is then? – libfreeordie on November 21, 2012 at 11:34 AM

The United States is a republic (which means it does not have monarch). It has written constitution that recognizes the rights given to the federal government by the states along with the first 10 amendments (The Bill of Rights) that specifically protects the rights of the individuals of each state. A true democracy is nothing more than mob rule, since in a democracy the majority rules without restraint upon infringing upon individual liberty.

There were two flaws in our constitution that led to our bloody civil war. It did not outlaw slavery and it did not address the issue of whether or not a state have the right to leave the union. Our civil war resolved both of those issues. Our form of government is more correctly referred to is as a constitutional republic.

SC.Charlie on November 21, 2012 at 1:40 PM

Solaratov on November 21, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Are you threatening to harass me at my place of employment?

libfreeordie on November 21, 2012 at 11:22 AM

Not at all. If you were aware of the definition of harass, you would know that I would have to have some sort of contact with you in order to “harass” you.
Why would I want to have any sort of ‘contact’ with someone like you?

I merely wondered what your AA committee would think of your racist, Jew-hating screeds.
Obviously, you didn’t read the last sentence of what I wrote; but, rather, screeched “Eek!” and ran off flapping your arms.

Indeed, you’re an idiot.

Solaratov on November 21, 2012 at 1:41 PM

How are the Lincoln any different in kind from Obama’s “bitter clingers” quote

Conservatism.

libfreeordie on November 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Everyone needs to step back, take a deep breath, and realize when the folks who are Communists/Democrats/Leftists/Liberals/Marxists/NAZIs/Progressives/Socialists make a statement or use a word, we need to be mindful of this exchange recorded in Through the Looking Glass, by Lewis Carroll:

‘But “glory” doesn’t mean “a nice knock-down argument”,’ Alice objected.
‘When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less.’
‘The question is,’ said Alice, ‘whether you can make words mean so many different things.’

And of course those of us grounded in truth and capable of reasoning realize, unlike Alice, that when those of the CDLLMNPS persuasion use a word it means exactly what they want it to mean – “neither more nor less”.

oldleprechaun on November 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Shame on all the Jewish people in America that voted for Obama.
Jewish people here hating Israel that much….are they rejoicing that the bus in Tel Aviv was bombed? Celebrating that Hamas is thrilled?
Barack Hussein Obama, keep those billions in aid going to Morsi & his Muslim Brotherhood.
Barack Hussein Obama & Hillary Clinton, authors of the Arab Spring.
Our tax dollars going to terrorists. Not a peep from the republicrats.
Every time you go to the movies that has, or are made by, progressives, you’re helping to support this.

Belle on November 21, 2012 at 1:49 PM

Conservatism.
libfreeordie on November 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Otherwise known as the side of the angels.

tommyboy on November 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

The dim leading the dim…

claudius on November 21, 2012 at 3:06 PM

Hmm, I remember reading those Lincoln quotes before. The older I get and the more reality I see, including interaction with folks like libfreelrdie, the more prophetic Lincoln seems to have been. Just saying.

Midas on November 21, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Every rocket Hamas fires is as war crime. Rockets can’t be aimed like missiles. A rocket’s target is civilians. That’s a war crime.

Hamas members don’t wear uniforms when they fight. That’s a war crime.

Hamas used civilians as shields. That’s a war crime. Feinstein is a dupe and a fool.

hepcat on November 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

I am on the verge of being nauseated by the Democrats who represent my state.

ConservativeLA on November 21, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Every rocket Hamas fires is as war crime. Rockets can’t be aimed like missiles. A rocket’s target is civilians. That’s a war crime.

Hamas members don’t wear uniforms when they fight. That’s a war crime.

Hamas used civilians as shields. That’s a war crime. Feinstein is a dupe and a fool. – hepcat on November 21, 2012 at 3:40 PM

Rockets can be aimed. Our’s and Israel’s can travel many miles and hit selected targets. However, the rockets that Hamas is using are just aimed in the general direction of population centers.

SC.Charlie on November 21, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Well you see, Mr Morgan, we drag people people behind our motocycles in California, so that’s not the issue here…

wepeople on November 21, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Well you see, Mr Morgan, we drag people people behind our motocycles in California, so that’s not the issue here … wepeople on November 21, 2012 at 6:06 PM

Hopefully, not after you have shot them in the head.

SC.Charlie on November 21, 2012 at 6:10 PM

zOMG, the stupid in this thread is so thick, I have to correct it.

Conservatism 101: Myths and Truths

MYTH: The 3/5 compromise was an affront to slaves’ collective humanity.

TRUTH: The slave OWNERS wanted to count their slaves as full people for the purposes of apportioned representation in the House of Representatives. Abolitionists didn’t think they should count at all, since “property” can’t vote. The compromise was levied precisely because the slave owners wanted it both ways. Some historians believe it was actually the first shot in what would culminate some “four-score and seven” years later in the American Civil War.

MYTH: America is a liberal Democracy.

TRUTH: One of the few things that the federalists and anti-federalists had in common in their view of government is that they both abhorred the thought of unfettered Democracy. That is why America is in fact a federated constitutional representative republic. The only words anywhere in the federalist papers or the anti-federalist responses that reference “democracy” are strict admonitions that it is to be avoided.

MYTH: Democrats were the party of civil rights.

TRUTH: Jim Crow laws were found almost exclusively in Democratic bastions, a throwback to where reconstruction governments did everything they could (up to and including lynching blacks) to keep blacks from voting Republicans in. Every last filibuster of the Civil Rights act of 1964 was done by Democrats, and Democrat Lyndon Baines Johnson declared Eisenhower’s Civil Right’s Act of 1958 DOA — until it could be resurrected by his own administration and signed in 1964.

gryphon202 on November 21, 2012 at 6:41 PM

Feinstein isn’t your typical Democrat. One must first understand that she is a citizen of Israel holding dual US/Israeli citizenship and take what she says in that context.

crosspatch on November 21, 2012 at 9:49 PM

Feinstein: Hamas on the verge of committing war crimes

…shut up you goofy b!tch…!!!

KOOLAID2 on November 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM

Concerned? I doubt it but where has she been? Where has her staff been for decades.

Hello, Senator: There are people who are very bad, very selfish and want to murder people who don’t agree with them. They’re called bullies and unfortunately, your party, your “brother” politicians side with them all the time. I don’t know if you’ll ever “get it” but I’ll keep hoping.

In the meantime, maybe someone on your staff should start reading history, the reason Israel was created by the United Nations after WWII and understand why.

Final point – Jews have been attacked for over 3500 years – so many others have tried to wipe them off the face of earth – the latest, “Push them into the sea” and ALL have failed. Maybe there’s a reason???

MN J on November 22, 2012 at 11:32 AM

Diane F. probably has many relevant things to say about Kalifornia, a once productive state that she and her party have nearly destroyed.

Hamas is a terrorist organization, representing a terrorist people. “Palestinians” should be repatriated to Egypt, Jordan, and all of the other fine upstanding area thugocracies that have attacked Israel in the past, and Israel should repaint its borders in a defensible fashion, such as when the Arabs lost the territory to her. What could be their response? Hating Jews? Teaching their children to hate Jews? Begging all of the anti-semites of the world for money?

trl on November 22, 2012 at 2:53 PM

libfreeordie on November 21, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Where is the ignore button?

Hammie on November 23, 2012 at 2:37 PM

Duh. This woman is a slow-eyed moron.

kens on November 26, 2012 at 12:08 PM

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