Sen. Mark KirkMark KirkSenate rivals gear up for debates The Trail 2016: Trump seizes on Charlotte violence Iran president hints at future prisoner swaps, cash settlements with US MORE (R-Ill.) on Monday compared Hamas to the Nazis.
“Hamas is like Nazis,” Kirk told Fox 32 after speaking at a pro-Israel rally in Chicago. “The more Nazis you got, the more Hamas you get, the more death you get.”
“The only way to secure peace in the Middle East is to wipe out those who would bring terror to the Middle East,” Kirk added.
Kirk, a friend of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, estimated fighting in Gaza could last a couple more months. The Associated Press has reported that 1,000 Palestinians, 53 Israeli soldiers and three Israeli civilians have been killed in the fighting so far.
Last week, Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman compared Hamas to the Nazis when talking with British Foreign Secretary Phillip Hammond, according to the Jerusalem Post.
Netanyahu, who said Sunday on CNN's “State of the Union” that Israel would do “whatever is necessary” to protect its people, made a similar claim last week, comparing the rocket bombardment of Israel to the World War II bombardment of Great Britain.
But both sides are using the claim. In an interview with CNN last week, a Hamas spokesman on CNN compared Netanyahu to Adolf Hitler.