Israeli President Slams CNN Reporter Who Accused Israel Of War Crimes

During a Thursday press conference, Israeli President Isaac Herzog fired back at a CNN reporter who accused Israel of committing “war crimes.”

CNN reporter Becky Anderson made the accusation after the Israeli president explained that his country had been abiding by international law during their response to the surprise attack by Palestinian terror group Hamas.

“The collective punishment of a civilian population amounts to a war crime under international law. The U.S. has warned Israel to uphold laws at war,” Anderson claimed.

“But I just answered,” Herzog replied. “Becky, you haven’t heard probably, the reply to ITV. And I’m quite disappointed that that’s what you’re asking instantaneously. Haven’t you seen? You’ve seen… So now we’re starting with the rhetoric about war crimes. Really? Truly? Truly? I just said that Israel abides by international law. Operates by international law. Every operation is secured and covered and reviewed legally.”

“Humanity has to decide: Are we accommodating terror or are we fighting terror? We are fighting terror,” he continued. “And we saw the worst atrocity possible by a whole campaign of a movement which has major support with our neighbors — many people believe in it. I agree: there are many, many, innocent Palestinians who don’t agree with this, but unfortunately, in their homes, there are missiles shooting at us, at my children, at the entire nation of Israel. We have to defend ourselves; we have the full right to do so. And it’s about time the world understands it. This is the tragedy of terror, and there is no mercy to terror.”

Despite his clear response and evidence showing that Israel is abiding by international law in their effort to fight back against the terrorist group that killed over 1,200 Israelis and 22 Americans, Anderson continued to push the false claim that Israel is committing war crimes — sharing a clip of her conversation with Herzog on social media and claiming that he had been “sidestepping” the question.

Herzog also fired back at another reporter who claimed that Israel was holding “the people of Gaza responsible” for the actions of the terrorists.

“I did not say that … with all due respect, if you have a missile in your goddamned kitchen, and you want to shoot it at me, am I allowed to defend myself? Yes!” he responded.