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Yang: Those who thought tweet in support of Israel was 'overly simplistic' are correct

New York mayoral candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangDanny Glover endorses Eric Adams in NYC mayoral race Adams, Garcia lead in NYC mayor's race: poll Mary J. Blige endorses New York City mayoral candidate in new ad MORE (D) on Wednesday sought to add clarity to an earlier statement in support of Israel amid a recent flare-up of violence in the region, saying those who thought his first tweet was "overly simplistic" are correct. 

"I'm standing with the people of Israel who are coming under bombardment attacks, and condemn the Hamas terrorists," Yang had said on Monday, prompting backlash from multiple Democrats, including, he said Wednesday, some on his campaign team.

“Many of them were upset with my recent tweet expressing solidarity with the people of Israel in conjunction with the violence in the region this week that has claimed the lives of innocents and children on both sides,” the former presidential candidate wrote.

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“They felt that my tweet was overly simplistic in my treatment of a conflict that has a long and complex history full of tragedies,” he added — and said they were right.

Yang said that supporting one particular people “does not make one blind to the pain and suffering from others.” 

 

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Several prominent conservatives — including Sen. Ted CruzRafael (Ted) Edward CruzOvernight Defense: Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military | Military guns go missing | New White House strategy to battle domestic extremism Top admiral shoots back at criticism of 'woke' military: 'We are not weak' Biden tries to erase Trump's 'America First' on world stage MORE (R-Texas), former Trump administration adviser Stephen MillerStephen MillerShelby backs ex-aide over Trump-favored candidate in Alabama Senate race Pro-Trump group presses Biden officials for records on critical race theory The Memo: Biden feels the heat from all sides on immigration MORE and Donald TrumpDonald TrumpKushner lands book deal, slated for release in 2022 Biden moves to undo Trump trade legacy with EU deal Progressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC MORE Jr. — had praised the former tech entrepreneur for his support of Israel and condemnation of the Palestinian militant group Hamas for its actions in the rising conflict in Gaza. 

Liberals such as Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressives rave over Harrison's start at DNC Wray suggests limits on FBI social media tracking a 'lesson learned' after Jan. 6 Puerto Rico's former governor stages a comeback MORE (D-N.Y.), however, who are increasingly critical of the Israeli government's handling of the conflict, were less enthused.

Tensions between Israelis and Palestinians have been rising over the past week after Israeli police clashed with Palestinians worshippers at the Al-Aqsa Mosque as celebrations were taking place during the Muslim holiday of Ramadan.

Israeli forces have carried out multiple airstrikes across the Gaza Strip in retaliation to a barrage of thousands of rockets fired by Hamas.

Israel says it has killed more than a dozen Hamas militants in the strikes, although Palestinian officials have reported more than 50 civilian casualties.