Republican Sen. Lindsey Graham of South Carolina said Iran’s oil refineries should be attacked if hostages taken by Hamas are harmed.
Hamas terrorists attacked Israel Saturday, killing at least 900 people and taking over 100 hostages, according to CBS News, with at least nine Americans among those killed in the attacks. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu vowed that Israel’s response to the attack would “echo for generations.”
“For every Israeli or American hostage executed by Hamas we should take down an Iranian oil refinery,” Graham said after he was told by America Reports co-host Sandra Smith about threats by Hamas to execute hostages in retaliation for airstrikes. “The only way to keep this war from escalating is holding Iran accountable. How much more death and destruction do we have to take from the Iranian regime? I am confident this was planned and funded by the Iranians.”
“Hamas is a bunch of animals who deserve to be treated like animals,” Graham continued. “So, if I was Israel, I would go in the ground, there is no truce to be had here. This is the best opportunity Israel has to destroy Hamas. Take it to the Iranians. If you harm one American in Syria by using your Iranian militia against us in Syria, if you escalate the war by urging Hezbollah to attack Israel in the north. If Hamas kills one American or Israeli hostage we are going to blow up your oil refineries and put you out of business. Take it to the ayatollah’s backyard.”
Ayatollah Ali Khamenei posted on Twitter that Israel would “definitely be eradicated” days before the deadly attack.
Graham blasted the Biden administration for not demonstrating support for Israel. The White House announced a lid before noon Monday as President Joe Biden drew criticism for hosting a barbeque Saturday afternoon as the attack was continuing.
“Cloak the White House tonight in the Israeli flag,” Graham told “America Reports” co-host John Roberts. “You did it for pride month, I want to see the Israeli flag over the White House. The Brandenburg gate has the Israeli flag. The Sydney music hall – opera house has the flag. Number 10 Downing has the Israeli flag.”
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