×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - In Google Play
VIEW
×
Newsmax TV & Webwww.newsmax.comFREE - On the App Store
VIEW
Tags: hochul | israel | hamas | gaza

N.Y. Gov. Apologizes for Implying Israel Justified to Destroy Gaza

Sunday, 18 February 2024 04:24 PM EST

New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday apologized for remarks she made at a Jewish philanthropy event in New York City that went viral on social media and that suggested Israel had justification to destroy Gaza following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack.

"If Canada someday ever attacked Buffalo, I'm sorry, my friends, there would be no Canada the next day," Hochul said in a portion of her speech on Thursday at an event for the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York.

"That is a natural reaction. You have a right to defend yourself and to make sure that it never happens again. And that is Israel's right."

In a statement on Friday night, she said she regretted "using an inappropriate analogy that I now realize could be hurtful to members of our community" and apologized for her "poor choice of words."

"While I have been clear in my support of Israel's right to self-defense, I have also repeatedly said and continue to believe that Palestinian civilian casualties should be avoided and that more humanitarian aid must go to the people of Gaza," the governor added.

Israel launched its offensive in Hamas-governed Gaza following the group's Oct. 7 attack on Israel that killed 1,200, according to Israeli tallies. Israel's subsequent military action and strikes have flattened much of the densely populated enclave and displaced nearly all its population.

The humanitarian crisis has left Gaza's population of more than 2 million people on the brink of starvation. Nearly 29,000 have died in Israel's offensive, according to the Gaza health ministry.

The United Nations has called for a humanitarian cease-fire, which the U.S. has opposed, saying it would let Hamas regroup.

American society has also had to deal with the impact of the war. Rights advocates have noted a rise in antisemitism, Islamophobia, and anti-Arab bias in the U.S. since the start of the war; and protests demanding a cease-fire in Gaza have occurred in many cities.

© 2024 Thomson/Reuters. All rights reserved.


Newsfront
New York Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday apologized for remarks she made at a Jewish philanthropy event in New York City that went viral on social media and that suggested Israel had justification to destroy Gaza following the Oct. 7 Hamas attack.
hochul, israel, hamas, gaza
324
2024-24-18
Sunday, 18 February 2024 04:24 PM
Newsmax Media, Inc.

Sign up for Newsmax’s Daily Newsletter

Receive breaking news and original analysis - sent right to your inbox.

(Optional for Local News)
Privacy: We never share your email address.
Join the Newsmax Community
Read and Post Comments
Please review Community Guidelines before posting a comment.
 
 
TOP

Newsmax, Moneynews, Newsmax Health, and Independent. American. are registered trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc. Newsmax TV, and Newsmax World are trademarks of Newsmax Media, Inc.

NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved
NEWSMAX.COM
© Newsmax Media, Inc.
All Rights Reserved