U.S. Troops May Have to Go After Hamas, Lawmaker
A leading Republican lawmaker said on Sunday U.S. forces may have to help “root out terrorism” in the Middle East conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, including taking aim at Hamas.
In an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Sen. Richard Lugar, the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, said American forces might be part of an international force to help stop attacks by Hamas, the main group behind a campaign of suicide bombings against Israelis, and other groups. Hamas has said it would reject any peace deal between Israel and the Palestinian Authority. Lugar said such a force could be used to quell Israeli and Palestinian disputes, “and, maybe even more important, to root out the terrorism that is at the heart of the problem.” Asked if that meant such troops would go after Hamas or other groups, he said, “That may be the conclusion.” Full Story