CNN's State of the Nation host Candy Crowley on Sunday tried to get SecState John Kerry to say that the United States believes that Israel has gone too far in their operations leading to too many civilian deaths. Kerry's response was a smack down of Crowley. "The fact is that Hamas uses civilians as shields, and they fire from the homes and draw the fire into the home precisely to elicit the kind of question you just asked."
Crowley asked Kerry twice about "Israel going too far." The second time Kerry lost his patience with the CNN reporter and gave her a lesson about how Hamas treats civilians.
Crowley: So as I understand it, what you were saying is that the U.S. is comfortable with Israeli actions thus far, but you would like to see a cease-fire.
Kerry: Candy, Candy, please. No country, no human being is comfortable with children being killed, with people being killed, but we're not comfortable with Israeli soldiers being killed either or with people being rocketed in Israel. So you know, in war, it's very difficult. There tends not to be a sort of equilibrium in terms of these things. The fact is that we've asked Israel and Israel has said we will try to reduce whatever we can with respect to civilian involvement, and civilians have been warned to move well ahead of time. The fact is that Hamas uses civilians as shields, and they fire from the homes and draw the fire into the home precisely to elicit the kind of question you just asked. We need to have a cease-fire.