While Assemblyman Chuck DeVore, R-Irvine, took the stage late into a pro-Israel rally held in front of the Israeli consulate in Los Angeles this afternoon, the candidate for the U.S. Senate made sure to give a louder and more fiery speech than those of the nearly two dozen people who came before him.
Almost all of the speakers, which included Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, GOP gubernatorial candidate Steve Poizner and U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., defended the actions of Israeli soldeirs who last week boarded a Turkish ship trying to deliver humanitarian aid to Gaza. The soldiers killed nine people aboard the ship after they were attacked with metal sticks and other weapons.
Standing in front of several hundred pro-Israel demonstrators, DeVore hollered most of his speech, which was broadcast at ear-splitting volume. And he used some of the same provocative rhetoric he's become known for.
"Let us say this unequivocally and unashamedly and emphatically: What Israel did to the Gaza flotilla was right, it was legal and it was moral," Devore bellowed. "It is never wrong to starve a movement that thinks the Holocaust was simply a good start. The fight between Israel and Hamas is a fight between civilization and barbarisim. It is as simple as that."
DeVore then turned up the volume to 11.
"America stands against Israel's enemies for the same reason it stood against Nazism and fascism and Communism. I say clearly that the enemies of Israel are just as genocidal and just as tyrannical and just as savage as those defeated movements. The defenders of the Gaza flotilla say it was just a humanitarian mission. They say they were peace activists. They lie!!"
By comparison, Schwarzenegger sounded like an Ivy League professor when he called Noam Shalit, the father of an Israeli soldier captured by Hamas, and assured him, "Our thoughts and prayers are with you at this time with your families and with the state of Israel and remember, I'll be back."
Poizner, the state's insurance commissioner, touted his department's actions tracking insurance companies in the state that do business with Iran.