WASHINGTON—As Israel’s war against Hamas terrorists enters its second month after the October 7 attack that killed 1,400 Israelis, Americans, and other foreign nationals, Florida Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R) pushed back against the calls for a ceasefire and the questioning of the Israeli Defense Force (IDF) tactics of bombing inside densely populate region of Gaza, comparing the bombing to that of the Nazis in France.
During an interview with The Floridian, Rep. Diaz-Balart was asked his thoughts about Rep. Ilhan Omar’s recent remarks about the IDF’s tactics in dealing with Hamas, questioning if Israel couldn’t “figure out how to go after Hamas” instead of bombing and killing innocent civilians.
“We provide all this training. The United States provides all this training and weaponary (sic) to Israel. They cannot figure out how to go after Hamas. They have to kill civilians? It’s ridiculous,” said Omar.
Rep. Diaz-Balart compared the bombing of Gaza with the Allied Forces bombing of Nazi-controlled France during World War II, where Frenchmen were killed during Allied bombing raids.
“Do you imagine if it was like, well you can't bomb the Nazi or you can't bomb any place where the Nazis maybe because you're going to hurt civilians,” asked Diaz-Balart. “You've always tried to avoid civilian deaths but that does not minimize the reality, which is that Israel right now is as is at war like the allies were at war with the Nazis during World War II.
Diaz-Balart says that during the “liberation of France,” there was deadly collateral damage from the bombings, saying,” “French civilians that died by allied bombings in just the process of liberating normal you shouldn't so should the allies not have try to bomb Normandy and the Germans in Normandy because they kill so many civilians in order to get rid of them