Twice-failed presidential candidate Hillary Clinton said a “cease-fire now” between Israel and Palestinian terror group Hamas is “not possible” as the conflict in the Middle East teeters on the brink of WW3.
Clinton made the comments During Rice University’s Baker Institute for Public Policy’s 30th-anniversary gala alongside former Secretary of State James Baker III and following recorded remarks from former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger.
“People who are calling for a cease-fire now do not understand Hamas,” Clinton said referring to the esculating conflict in the Middle East.
“That is not possible,” she claimed.
“It would be such a gift to Hamas because they would spend whatever time there was a cease-fire in effect rebuilding their armaments, creating stronger positions to be able to fend off an eventual assault by the Israelis,” Clinton continued.
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During the interview, Baker told moderator Norah O’Donnell of CBS News, “I think we are at one of the most dangerous times in decades.”
“I think back to my almost four years as secretary of state, and I can’t think of any time we were dealing with a war in Europe, a war in the Middle East, and an adversary that is as adversarial as China is to us,” he said.
Clinton said the United States has “a number of very visible urgent crises…that we are having to handle simultaneously.”
“We have to hope that there is not an additional crisis or conflict that comes up in the immediate future.”
Due to technical difficulties throughout the audio, it needed to be clarified exactly what Clinton said after this.
However, she went on to identify “internal” threats, or like she has previously claimed, Trump supporters, as a major issue.
“We have to look at our own country and think about how our own divisiveness is undermining our capacity to deal with these very real external challenges,” she added.
“We have internal and external threats that have to all be dealt with at the same time.”
Later, Baker also blasted House Republicans, as many of them are calling to end funding of Ukraine.
After claiming the iden administration is “doing a good job in Ukraine,” he said:
“I hate to see my party in the House being negative on supporting Ukraine.”
“I mean, that is absolutely crazy. There are not many people who support that that are not named Putin,” he said, drawing a cackle from Clinton.
This week, the House is set to vote on a stand-alone Israel aid bill under newly minted Speaker Mike Johnson.
This will break Joe Biden’s call for Israel and Ukraine aid to be bundled together, which many are opposing but backed by Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Biden also compared Hamas to Russian President Vladimir Putin, to which the Kremlin responded by saying his remarks were “unacceptable.”
“We do not accept such a tone towards the Russian Federation and towards our president,” Kremlin spokesperson Dmitry Peskov said during a press conference in Moscow.
“There is a lot of emotion in the speeches of various politicians, including high-ranking politicians and statesmen,” Peskov added.
“But such rhetoric is hardly appropriate for responsible leaders,” he continued.
“And it is unlikely that such rhetoric can be acceptable to us either,” Peskov insisted.