On Sunday, the U.S. State Department issued a statement calling Israel’s shelling of a United Nations school in Gaza, which killed 10 people, “disgraceful.” Fusion’s Jorge Ramos mentioned the incident when he asked Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley, a potential Democratic presidential candidate, if he thought Israel’s use of force in operation “Protective Edge” was proportionate.
“I think it’s hard for us to imagine having our own country under the sort of ceaseless rocket attacks that have come upon Israel’s people,” O’Malley told Ramos Monday. “And I believe that when we’re not able to work these things out diplomatically that Israel does have a right to defend herself as any country does when they’re attacked.”
O’Malley also said he believes the United States needs to continue to be “closely engaged” with both sides to help bring peace.
“Israel, I believe, has a right to defend itself,” he said. “The number of rockets that have been fired at Israel, the tunnels used to attack Israel, all of these things, the basics of border security, need to be addressed here and I hope our country can be a broker for peace and help bring about a resolution.”