When asked by the Daily Caller News Foundation whether he agrees with the designation of Hamas as a terror group, Democratic Rep. André Carson of Indiana failed to provide a clearcut answer.
Instead, he called for discussing “the establishment of a proper state for” those in Palestine. He also denounced the October 7 attack against Israel.
Hamas — which was designated as a foreign terrorist organization in 1997, according to the U.S. State Department — perpetrated barbaric attacks in Israel on October 7, killing, kidnapping, and raping people.
Israel responded by launching a war effort, but there have been civilian casualties, and many, including Carson, have been advocating for a ceasefire.
“Hamas deliberately embeds itself among civilians so that Gazans will bear the consequences of Hamas atrocities,” the Israel Defense Forces tweeted earlier this month. “We are taking extensive measures to mitigate harm to the civilians that Hamas uses as shields.”
When pressed again on whether he concurs with the State Department, Carson said that anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, and anti-blackness must be decried. He also suggested that people should examine “critiques on both sides. Extract the truths from those critiques, and work together toward a workable solution. Because I fear, 2024, this issue will impact elections.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has indicated that the country is resolute in its mission to wipe out Hamas and secure the return of all hostages.
“The return of our hostages is a main goal. We are not relenting in our efforts even for a moment, even at this moment,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said. “Our heroic soldiers have not fallen in vain. Out of the deep pain of their having fallen, we are more determined than ever to continue fighting until Hamas is eliminated – until absolute victory.”
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