Blog by: George Thomas and Ron Ledgard
Cleveland Cavaliers coach David Blatt told an Israeli newspaper that he fully supports Israel’s current actions in Gaza.
The interview appears in Globes, a business newspaper. An h/t to Deadspin for posting the link.
Blatt, born in America, but immigrated to Israel to begin his basketball career at age 22. Israel has received criticism for the carnage associated with the three-week-old war in which more than 1,200 people, including children, have died, according to reports.
In the interview, Blatt said that it’s Israel’s most justified war to date:
Do you support the operation?
“Absolutely. In my opinion, this war is Israel's most justified war I can remember in recent years. I'm really sorry about what's happening in Gaza, but there's no doubt that we had to act there, so that Israel will have quiet there once and for all, and we can live in peace.”
Do you feel support for Israel in the US?
“There's support, although sometimes it's not enough. In my opinion, though, there's more support this time than before.”
And, yes, this is where we find out whether basketball and international affairs mix locally