Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA) led 28 Senate Democrats on Sunday in calling for a ceasefire in the conflict between Palestinian Hamas terrorists and Israel, even though the Israeli military says that it needs more time to neutralize the threat posted by Hamas.
Ossoff ran for office touting his Jewish identity, giving an interview to the left-wing Israeli daily Ha’aretz in December titled, “Jon Ossoff Tells Haaretz How His Jewish Upbringing Taught Him to Fight for Justice.” He told interviewer Etan Nechin: “[M]y Jewish upbringing instilled in me a conviction to fight for the marginalized and oppressed, and also to be vigilant where there’s the risk that authoritarianism may emerge.”
He also defended fellow candidate, Rev. Raphael Warnock, against critics who pointed to Warnock’s history of anti-Israel comments. (Warnock, like Ossoff, went on to win his runoff election in January, handing both Georgia seats to the Democrats.)
But on Sunday, Ossoff led calls by left-wing Senate Democrats for Israel’s effective surrender to Hamas, pushing for a ceasefire while Israel was still being bombarded with hundreds of rockets, with Israeli civilians forced to flee to bomb shelters.
FIRST ON @CNN: Sen. Jon @ossoff leads a group of 28 members of the Democratic Senate Caucus calling for a cease fire in Israeli- Palestinian conflict. Full list of signatories:
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— Ryan Nobles (@ryanobles) May 16, 2021
A Hamas spokesman declared Sunday that any ceasefire at this point would be on the terrorist group’s terms, not Israel’s.
Israel’s defense minister, Benny Gantz, told soldiers Sunday that while they were making progress, fighting would continue.
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