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AIPAC-backed top Democrat criticizes Israeli bombing campaign in Gaza

Jacob Magid is The Times of Israel's US correspondent based in New York

Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez, Democrat-New Jerey, speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 23, 2021. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)
Senate Foreign Relations Committee Robert Menendez, Democrat-New Jerey, speaks during a Senate Foreign Relations Committee hearing, on Capitol Hill in Washington, March 23, 2021. (Greg Nash/Pool via AP)

An AIPAC-backed Democrat and chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee has issued a statement condemning parts of Israel’s bombing campaign in Gaza.

“I am deeply troubled by reports of Israeli military actions that resulted in the death of innocent civilians in Gaza as well as Israeli targeting of buildings housing international media outlets,” says Sen. Robert Menendez.

“Given the complexity of Gaza’s densely populated civilian areas and Hamas’s shameful record of exploiting that reality by hiding military assets behind the innocent, Israeli authorities must continue to take the conscientious practice of giving advance warning of its attacks to reduce the risk of harm to the innocent. I also believe there must be a full accounting of actions that have led to civilian deaths and destruction of media outlets,” he says.

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