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Israel's ambassador: 'WWAD?' What would America do?

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Brushing aside criticism from “moral idiots” that Israel isn't doing enough to avoid civilian deaths in its war against Hamas in Gaza, Israel's ambassador to the United States said the country deserves the Nobel Peace Prize for “unimaginable restraint” in targeting terrorists.

At a speech to Christian supporters Monday and to journalists Tuesday morning, Ron Dermer compared the missile attacks from Hamas to Britain during World War II when Germany was conducting nightly bombing raids, prompting carpet bombing of German cities.

“WWAD, what would America do?” he asked Tuesday, adjusting the evangelical Christian "WWJD," or What would Jesus do phrase. The answer, he said, is that America would do the same as Israel and fight back while trying to limit civilian deaths.

Israel has been whacked by critics because so many more civilians, women and children have died in two weeks of war than on the Israeli side. But Dermer said Hamas was at fault for “war crimes” in placing civilians in harm's way as human shields.

He described how military leaders will stop attacks if they see civilians in the way and said Israel should get credit for that. Dermer said that Israeli soldiers have died “due to restraint.”

Speaking to the Christians United for Israel Summit in Washington Monday night, Dermer said, “I will not accept, and no one should accept, criticism of Israel for acting with restraint that has not been shown and would not be shown by any nation on earth.”

He added, “The truth is that the Israeli Defense Forces should be given the Nobel Peace Prize, Nobel Peace Prize for fighting with unimaginable restraint. One day, when the enemies of Israel are defeated and the cynics are silenced, people will look back and marvel at how the most threatened nation on earth never lost its nerve and always upheld its values.”

When protesters started yelling during his speech, Dermer barked, “there is a section for moral idiots at the back of the room.”

To reporters Tuesday at a media breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, he added that the White House has provided solid support for the recent war on Hamas. The “president has been backing Israel’s right to defend itself in the strongest possible terms,” said the American-born Dermer, a longtime advisor to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

He also noted that the Iron Dome anti-missile system has had its best success rate ever, capturing well over the 84 percent of its targets.

Paul Bedard, the Washington Examiner's "Washington Secrets" columnist, can be contacted at pbedard@washingtonexaminer.com.