I would love to debate HBO's John Oliver!

Updated: May 22

On the rightness of Israel's cause against Hamas

I would love to debate (and by that, I mean to have a respectful discussion with) HBO's John Oliver, but seeing that he probably is not willing and certainly doesn't know who I am, let me address some of his nearsighted comments in this blog. (We did offer $10,000 to aid children in Gaza yesterday if he would take me up on my offer—which we are going to give no matter what, because we care about children in Gaza.)

John Oliver: Both sides (Israel and Hamas) are firing rockets, but one side has one of the most advanced militaries in the world.

Ron Cantor: The reason we have one of the most “advanced militaries in the world” is because if we don’t, we would cease to exist. There is a reason that the other Muslim nations do not attack us, and it's not because they love us. We have no choice but to have a strong military. For instance, right now, there would probably be 1,000 dead Israelis from the nearly 4,000 Hamas rockets that have been fired on Israeli population centers, if not for our Iron Dome technology.

And please do not forget Mr. Oliver, we did not start this war. We left Gaza in 2005 and since then, they have started war after war with Israel, firing deadly rockets at our women and children. Just because we learned how to deal with it doesn't make us evil; it makes us responsible toward our population. The most sacred duty of government is to protect its citizens. Israel should not have to apologize to you for doing that effectively.

John Oliver: Both sides are suffering heartbreaking casualties, but one side is suffering them exponentially.

Ron Cantor: Again, let me remind you, Hamas started firing rockets at Israel on May 10th at 6:00pm. They took what was a real estate dispute in Jerusalem, that turned into protests on the Temple Mount, and turned it into a deadly war. And yet, all certain members of Congress can talk about is Palestinian suffering at the hands of Israelis. There is suffering, but it is at the hands of Hamas.

Israel is always accused of responding disproportionately, but what do you call it when a terrorist organization escalates protests into all-out war? I would call that disproportionate. Why is it you only talk about things being disproportionate when it comes to Israel? You don't think it's disproportionate to turn a protest into a war? Where is your condemnation of that?

The fact remains that not one person in Gaza would have been killed by an Israeli response, if Hamas had not started with sending hundreds of rockets at a time on Jerusalem, Tel Aviv and all of our cities in southern Israel. You may think we're not suffering, but you come here and sleep in a hot, sweaty bomb shelter overnight. You pull your car over on the side of the highway, and throw your body over your children as the siren indicates incoming Hamas rockets. Let's see you wake up five times a night to run for your life with your children in tow.

Do you know what it's like to hear the sound of a washing machine and think that it's a siren alerting you to incoming missiles? Do you know what it's like to be buying milk for your family and suddenly you have to run for your life because the sirens go off? Of course, you don’t. If you think we're so good at protecting ourselves let me invite you to spend a month in Ashkelon and endure 1,000 rockets. There is no way you can understand what is happening here from your desk in America.