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Ritchie Torres: Anti-Israel ‘haters’ won’t be thanking Israel for protecting one of Islam’s holiest sites

"Critics cannot help but downplay the actual wrongs against Israel and overplay the fictional wrongs by Israel," the New York Democrat said.

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant meets with Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.)
at the Ministry of Defense headquarters in Tel Aviv on April 2, 2024. Credit: Shira Keinan/Israeli Ministry of Defense.
Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant meets with Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) at the Ministry of Defense headquarters in Tel Aviv on April 2, 2024. Credit: Shira Keinan/Israeli Ministry of Defense.

Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.) responded on social media to video footage showing intercepted Iranian munitions over the Temple Mount.

“Israel protected Al-Aqsa Mosque from destruction at the hands of Iran. Are the Anti-Israel haters going to thank Israel for protecting one of the holiest sites in Islam? No,” the congressman wrote.  

“Are the Anti-Israel haters going to condemn Iran for endangering one of the holiest sites in Islam? No,” he added. “Selective outrage is their modus operandi.”

In another post, Torres wrote: “Even though Iran literally fired hundreds of missiles—drones, cruise missiles and ballistic missiles—against civilian areas in Israel, attempting mass murder, many in the media have dismissed Iran’s unprecedented attack on Israel as ‘limited.’” 

“Critics cannot help but downplay the actual wrongs against Israel and overplay the fictional wrongs by Israel,” he said.

“Watch Israel defending the Temple Mount and Al-Aqsa Mosque from Iranian missiles and drones,” wrote Gilad Erdan, Israeli ambassador to the United Nations.

“For the murderous ayatollah regime, murdering Israelis is more important than safeguarding Islamic holy sites,” he added. “The U.N. must clearly and unambiguously condemn the Iranian attack on Israel now.”

“If Israeli missile defense tech was a little less effective, or if an Iron Dome interceptor had suffered a technical glitch tonight, Iran could have completely destroyed the Al-Aqsa Mosque and Dome of the Rock,” stated Democratic Majority for Israel. “Think about it. Israel defended Al-Aqsa against Iran.”

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