McCarthy on Israel attack: ‘This is their Pearl Harbor’
Former Speaker Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he spoke with Israel’s Knesset Speaker Amir Ohana about the growing conflict in Israel.
“This is different,” McCarthy said in a Saturday interview with Fox News. “They are telling me that this is their Pearl Harbor.”
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared war against Palestinian militants Saturday after the surprise, multi-front attack that left at least 250 dead.
McCarthy said the incoming missiles have overwhelmed Israel’s praised defense system, the Iron Dome. The Iron Dome is a missile defense system that can intercept short-range rockets in the air but it has to be reloaded to continuously intercept the incoming missiles.
“You’ve got to understand, 5,000 missiles … are overwhelming the Iron Dome. The Iron Dome cannot take so many,” McCarthy said.
“And then to enter Israel, this has not happened where a foreign has actually controlled land inside Israel since 1948,” the California Republican added. “There are still a number of villages, I believe the latest was seven, where you’re having street combat trying to win that land back.”
“My administration’s support for Israel’s security is rock solid and unwavering,” he said.