July 13th, 2014
11:07 AM ET
9 years ago

McCain: Mideast violence ‘might be more dangerous than any time in the past’

Washington (CNN) – Sen. John McCain said Sunday the violence roiling the Middle East has likely never been worse, as rockets fall in Israel and Gaza, residents flee, warning sirens blare and the death toll rises.

"I would argue that given conditions in the Middle East, this might be more dangerous than any time in the past," the Arizona Republican told CNN chief political correspondent Candy Crowley on CNN's "State of the Union." "Not only conditions domestically, within Israel, but also the fact that Egypt is really not playing the role they traditionally have, countries like Qatar and others that could play a role."

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McCain, a member of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, was asked what the U.S. role should be, amid renewed tensions between Israel and Palestinian militants.

"We obviously want to do what we can to bring an end to this conflict," he said. Yet, he added, "It's very important to understand: There's no moral equivalency here. Israel is being attacked by hundreds of rockets. Their people, a third of their population, has got about a 60-second warning."

"Picture the United States of America with a country contiguous to ours, that we're being subjected to rocket attacks. So the restraint of the Israelis, in my view, is admirable."

Israeli forces crossed into Gaza overnight, raiding a missile launching site, an Israeli military source said. It's Israel's first public acknowledgment of entering Gaza during the current conflict.

And on Sunday, Israel warned residents of Northern Gaza to leave their homes, signaling that more strikes are imminent. According to Israel, its forces have struck 1,320 "terror targets" across Gaza, including 735 concealed rocket launchers. The Gaza Health Ministry said the death toll in Gaza reached 168, with over 1,100 injured.

McCain noted the breakdown of Israeli and Palestinian talks and the lack of an effective broker for peace and added, "The United States’ influence has never been less than it is today. And we're seeing the results of that."

–CNN's Michael Schwartz, Salma Abdelaziz and Josh Levs contributed to this story


Filed under: Gaza • Israel • John McCain • Palestine • State of the Union
soundoff (31 Responses)
  1. rs

    And when asked about Perry and Paul. McCain started bashing President Obama.
    – when is President Obama quit bashing the republicans.
    How about when they get off their lazy butts and get to work?

    July 13, 2014 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. J Anthony

    @Chris, yes America's role on the world stage is important, but not in the way you think it should be;, you don't seem to be thinking at all.

    July 13, 2014 06:34 pm at 6:34 pm |
  3. rick

    It should be simple and obvious to even the least educated.. If the rockets stop getting fired into Israiel.. Then the homes.. Buildings.. And people WHO ARE HIDEING AND HARBORING the terrorists.. Wont have houses blown from under them!! But that teeny weeny fact for some reason is being ignored by the news groups complaining about innocent casualties. Isralies say took out a HAMAS hideout.. Weapons storage.. Terrorist group.. It gets twisted around to say innocent victims. I guess after emptying all their ammo from the AK47 they just shot at others with.. Now they are a ?innocent victim?? And IF the palistinians realy were INNOCENT they wouldnt be standing around the rocket launcher cheering the missle off in first place now would they??? Would have used money to grow food crops instead of building weapons THEY STARTED IT ALL WITH..! We are not stupid.. We see the truth that the media is trying to twist for a sympathy story..

    July 13, 2014 08:44 pm at 8:44 pm |
  4. Liz the First

    What's happening in the Middle East is all due to people caring waaaaaaaay too much about how other people pray! How many millions, or is it billions, have died in the course of human history because people thought other people needed to pray differently. what kind of madness is this? i'm beginning to think it's a natural population control mechanism built into our brains. if you are killing someone over religion, you have no idea what religion is all about.

    July 13, 2014 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  5. Chipster

    Cory111, you make the most sense of any post I've seen yet. The U.S. has refused to address the problem of addiction that is the cash cow for these Cartels. If we treated drug addiction at the source and take away the profit from the Cartels, their business would dry up. No demand, suppliers go broke.

    July 13, 2014 10:30 pm at 10:30 pm |
  6. rs

    Democrats dont care or seem to have forgot the importance of America on the world stage throughout history . They think its not as important now as it has been in the past . Hush little baby dont say a word nanny gona buy you a mocking bird .
    America's "importance" abroad was destroyed by Mr. Bush and Republicans who insisted upon invading a nation that had nothing to do with 9/11, killing 125,000 innocent civilians, and turning 2 million Iraqis into refugees- and they still failed to get Osama bin Laden. They destroyed their infrastructure to the extent that even today Iraqis don't have reliable power 24/7. The GOP leadership of our nation touched off the bloodiest civil war seen in the ME, because Ms. Condi Rice didn't know the difference between Shia and Sunni Muslims.

    And you think Democrats are the problem? Unreal!

    July 13, 2014 11:25 pm at 11:25 pm |
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