American comedic icon Joan Rivers came out this week in support of Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas rocket fire from the Gaza Strip. Israel is in day 19 of Operation Protective Edge, an offensive that began to stop the rocket fire and destroy the network of terrorist tunnels leading from the Palestinian seaside enclave into Israel. "Let me just tell you if New Jersey was firing rockets into New York we would wipe them out. If we heard they were digging tunnels from New Jersey to New York we would get rid of Jersey," Rivers told a TMZ reporter. "So I don't want to hear anymore, oh, we'll do a partial truce," she added. In a direct address to the Palestinians, Rivers said: "You cannot throw rockets, and expect people not to defend themselves." Asked about civilian casualties, Rivers attacked Hamas's practice of storing weapons in private homes in Gaza.
"Don't put your goddamn things in private homes. I'm sorry, don't you dare put weapons stashes in private homes," she said. In response to a where the Gazan Palestinians are supposed to go, Rivers said: "I don't care. they started it. You're all insane. They started it. What are you all saying. They started it." "For months this has being going on," Rivers said, referring to the rocket fire from Gaza on Israel.