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Gohmert’s Solution for the Israeli-Hamas Conflict: ‘Let’s Bomb Iran!’

Rep. Louis Gohmert offered a novel solution to quieting the current fighting between Israel and Hamas – he thinks that U.S. forces should bomb Iran.

Standing on the House floor, the Texas GOPer made it clear, that unlike those in the government who are ‘betrayers of Israel,’ he was behind his Israeli ‘friends’ 100 percent.

“Mr. Speaker, in Israel right now, there is a battle for peace,” he said Tuesday, echoing the right-wing circles oft-preached ‘love’ for the Holy Land and distrust for anything Muslim.  “They are being embattled by a group who teach their children, in the educational materials we help pay for, to hate Jews, to hate Israelis. They teach the people to hate Israelis as well. They name streets and holidays after people who kill innocent people.”

He then called for the discontinuation of funding to the Palestinian Authority, which like most of what he had to say, also comes directly from the conservative playbook on the current Middle East crisis (and, not surprisingly, skims over most of the complex considerations  of the Hamas-Palestinian Authority/ US funding issue.)

Then, despite the fact that international watchdogs just announced that Iran was actually complying with demands to downsize their nuclear arsenal, Gohmert used his ‘in-depth’ understanding of the Middle East crisis to suggest that the best thing Americans could do right now was to jumpstart World War III by bombing Iran and igniting the Middle East powderkeg.

“It is time to bomb Iran’s nuclear capabilities,” Gohmert insisted, adding that escalating the crisis by angering a country with nuclear capabilities is really just being a good friend.

“It is time for the United States, if we are not going to stop Iran’s nukes, then let Israel do it. A friend will not put another friend in this kind of jeopardy.”

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