House Dem to Blinken on Hamas attacks: 'Every one of these rockets was a war crime'

California Democratic Rep. Brad Sherman denounced Hamas’ rocket attacks, saying Monday that each of the 4,500 fired on Israel constituted a “war crime.”

“Hamas has fired 4,500 rockets into Israel for the sole purpose of killing as many civilians as possible. Every one of these rockets was a war crime,” Sherman told Secretary of State Antony Blinken.

Blinken was appearing before the House Foreign Affairs Committee to discuss his department’s 2022 budget – just weeks after another flare up in the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. During the hearing, Sherman emphasized the importance of Israel’s missile defense system, the Iron Dome, and asked how the Biden administration would work to replenish it after it had intercepted thousands of rockets.

Sherman told Blinken that Israel’s missile defense system “saved countless Israeli civilian lives and also, countless Palestinian lives by helping bring this fight to a more speedy conclusion.”

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He added that “unfortunately, we won’t bring the criminals to international justice, but we can prevent those crimes in the future by replenishing [the] Iron Dome.” 

Blinken told Sherman that the Biden administration was “committed” to “the Iron Dome’s replenishment.”

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