Jake Tapper
Jake TapperREUTERS/Andrew Cullen

In the service of Israel:CNN's Jake Tapper spoke about the claims that Israeli airstrikes are killing innocent Gazan children, asking what Israel should have done instead, following the brutal October 7 massacre, which left 1,400 Israelis dead and 240 abducted to Gaza.

"What exactly did Hamas think the Israeli military would do in response to that?" he asked. "Did they not anticipate that Israel would retaliate? Did they not anticipate that Israel would retaliate in a way that would cause innocent Palestinians in Gaza to die? Especially given the fact that, as has been established by Israeli intelligence, US intelligence, and journalists who have visited Gaza - the fact that Hamas embeds rockets and launchers, within the Palestinian population? What did they think would happen?"

Tapper noted, "It turns out that a Saudi journalist asked the spokesman for Hamas that very question. His response was quite telling in terms of Hamas' concerns about Palestinian lives."

Tapper then presented a video clip showing the Hamas leader Khaled Masha'al's response. In the English-dubbed clip, the spokesman can be heard speaking in Arabic, saying, "Dear sister, nations are not easily liberated. The Russians sacrificed 30 million people in World War II in order to liberate it from Hitler's attack. The Vietnamese sacrificed 3.5 million people until they defeated the Americans. Afghanistan sacrificed millions of martyrs to defeat the USSR and then the US. The Algerian people sacrificed six million martyrs over 130 years. The Palestinian people are just like any other nation. No nation is liberated without sacrifices."

Following the end of the clip, Tapper repeated the Masha'al's last sentence, noting that this response is "not exactly an expression of regret for innocent Palestinian deaths."

He then brought an interview by a Russian journalist, who asked Moussa Abu Marzouk from Hamas' political wing, "You have built five hundred kilometers of tunnels in Gaza. Why haven't you built bomb shelters where Palestinian civilians can hide during bombardment?"

"We have built the tunnels because we have no other way of protecting ourselves from being targeted and killed. These tunnels are meant to protect us from the airplanes. We are fighting from inside the tunnels. Everybody knows that 75% of the people in the Gaza Strip are refugees. And it is the responsibility of the United Nations to protect them."