Valerie Jarrett, President Obama’s closest advisor, charged that Israel is slaughtering children and that the Gaza operation must halt.
“You . . . can’t condone the killing of all of these innocent children,” Jarrett said on Face the Nation. “This is why the cease-fire is so important. It’s a devastating situation.”
Israel contends that Hamas is ultimately responsible for the killing of civilians because it hides among them and provoked Israel’s attack. But Jarrett’s comment signals that the White House in fact accepts the Hamas narrative that Israel is the guilty party in the deaths of civilians.
Jarrett threw in the usual White House lines about how Israel “has the right to defend itself” and the United States is “Israel’s staunchest ally.” But it’s not clear what these statements mean when placed in the context of a suggestion that Israel’s attempt to defend itself by attacking Hamas amounts to child killing.
Meanwhile, the State Department chimed in as well, unloading vitriol against Israel after the accidental killing of civilians at a UN school in Gaza during an attack that targeted militants.
Spokeswoman Jen Psaki raged that the United States was “appalled” by the “disgraceful” Israeli missile attack. “We once again stress that Israel must do more to meet its own standards and avoid civilian casualties,” Psaki said.