U.S. Senate majority leader: Hamas just as bad as Islamic State

The flag of Hamas. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

(Israel Hayom/Exclusive to JNS.org) Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV) condemned Hamas and affirmed U.S. support for Israel on Thursday, calling the failure to condemn Hamas and Islamic State in the same manner "stunning hypocrisy."

"Hamas and ISIS (also known as Islamic State) are both vicious, corrupt, hateful, evil groups. And both are extreme. Yet, for some reason, Hamas's brutality doesn’t elicit the same horror from the international community as ISIS. How can that be?" Reid told the Senate.

Reid said that one of the few differences between Islamic State and Hamas is the latter's narrow focus on one single objective: the destruction of Israel.

"Consider its actions over the past several months: Hamas raided its own limited supplies for housing and general infrastructure, intended to repair the destruction that occurred during the last conflict they initiated. But Hamas instead used the stolen materials to build tunnels to hide and infiltrate Israel—infiltrating to kill, maim, kidnap and murder the innocent. These depraved agitators launched thousands of rockets into Israel, hoping to inflict death and destruction. Their rockets had no aiming capabilities—they fired indiscriminately, not caring whether they hit a child, a family or anyone," he said.

Posted on September 14, 2014 .