UPDATED 8:33 AM PT – Tuesday, May 18, 2021
Israel’s Navy said it thwarted an attack by a militant wing of Hamas who attempted to use a remote-controlled submarine to disable an Israeli vessel.
Al-Qassam Brigades, a Palestinian terror splinter cell, made claims on social media Monday that they had unleashed a “batch” of rockets at an Israeli battleship off the coast of Gaza. However, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) diminished those claims. Officials said Hamas militants were killed and their submarine was destroyed in the attack.
The IDF also noted, Hamas modifies hobbyist RC submarines to carry explosive payloads up to 60 pounds. Damage from an explosion of that size is minimal against an Israel battleship, but it gives Hamas a much needed “victory photo.”
Meanwhile, progressive U.S. lawmakers are taking aim at Israel over the ongoing conflict with Hamas militants in Gaza.
The devastation in Gaza is unconscionable. We must urge an immediate ceasefire. The killing of Palestinians and Israelis must end. We must also take a hard look at nearly $4 billion a year in military aid to Israel. It is illegal for U.S. aid to support human rights violations.
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) May 16, 2021
In a tweet Sunday, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (D) said the U.S. must take a hard look at the $4 billion in military aide it provides every year to Israel. He also suggested the Jewish State may be committing human rights violations in it’s handling of the situation.
This comes as the group of liberal lawmakers known as “the Squad” has been pro-Palestine as well as establishment Democrats claiming to back Israel. New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) recently went as far as calling the country an “apartheid state.”
Apartheid states aren’t democracies.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 15, 2021