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New York Post
17 Feb 2024


NextImg:Hochul apologizes for saying ‘there would be no Canada’ if it attacked Buffalo like Hamas attacked Israel

Gov. Kathy Hochul apologized Friday night for remarks she made at a Jewish philanthropy event that went viral on social media, which implied Israel is justified to destroy Gaza following Hamas’ horrific Oct. 7 attack on the Jewish state.

Speaking at the United Jewish Appeal-Federation of New York’s event Thursday in Manhattan, Hochul called out Hamas as a terrorist group that “must be stopped” and then tried to make an analogy by using Canada and her home city of Buffalo.

“If Canada someday ever attacked Buffalo, I’m sorry, my friends, there would be no Canada the next day,” Hochul declared.

Governor Hochul said she regrets implying Israel is justified to destroy Gaza following Hamas’ horrific Oct. 7 attack by using an analogy of Canada hypothetically attacking Buffalo. UJAfedNY/X
Gov. Hochul, wearing a bullet proof vest with a “State Police” tag on the front, walks with a group of about a dozen Israeli officiais and soldiers in Kfar Aza, Israel, in October, after Hamas terrorists massacred 70 civilians there. Governor Kathy Hochul

“That is a natural reaction. You have a right to defend yourself and to make sure that it never happens again. And that is Israel’s right.”

In a statement first provided to The New York Times, she said she regretted “using an inappropriate analogy that I now realize could be hurtful to members of our community,” and Hochul apologized for her “poor choice of words.”

“While I have been clear in my support of Israel’s right to self-defense, I have also repeatedly said and continue to believe that Palestinian civilian casualties should be avoided and that more humanitarian aid must go to the people of Gaza,” Hochul said.

The war began when Iran-backed Hamas sent fighters into Israel on Oct. 7, killing 1,200 people, mostly civilians, and seizing 253 hostages, according to Israeli tallies.

Gov. Kathy Hochul places her right hand on the Western Wall in Jerusalem in October. Shlomi Amsalem

Israel’s air and ground offensive has since devastated much of Gaza, killing 28,775 people, also mostly civilians, according to Palestinian health authorities, and forcing nearly all of its more than 2 million inhabitants from their homes.