Best Quotes from 7.13.14 Sunday Shows

Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif said on NBC’s “Meet the Press,: “No, I will commit to everything and anything that would provide credible assurances for the international community that Iran is not seeking nuclear weapons, because we are not. We don’t see any benefit in Iran developing a nuclear weapon.”

Attorney General Eric Holder said on ABC’s “This Week” : “The immigration laws are being enforced, though we are faced with an extraordinary situation where thousands of people, young people especially, are fleeing Central America for economic reasons to get away from really endemic violence in their countries…The president has put together a proposal to Congress asking for almost $4 billion.  We are surging immigration judges to the border to process all of these people.”

On CBS’s “Face the Nation” with Israel Ambassador to the U.S. Ron Dermer : “Hamas is deliberately targeting our civilians; they want to keep as many civilians in Israel as possible.  Thankfully, we have an iron dome to protect our civilians, but as the Prime Minister said, they’re actually using their civilians as human shields…They play missile barriers next to mosques, schools, hospitals, it makes it very difficult for our military to right this war in a surgical way, but we’ll do it and we’ll continue to uphold the highest standards.”

Also on “Face,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu : “Well, the sirens went off because Hamas have fired rockets on Israel’s major city, they’re firing rockets on all our cities.  I want your audience to imagine what it would be like if all the cities of the United States, I’m not just talking about New York and Washington, I’m talking about all the cities of the United States, from the East Coast to Colorado, 80% of your population would be in bomb shelters with a minute to a minute and a half red alert warning time to get into those shelters.  That’s what we’re experiencing right now as we speak, so this is an unconscionable terrorist attack on civilian populations.  And of course, we have to defend ourselves.”

On “Fox News Sunday,” Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu : “I have spoken to President Obama and great — and a good number of world leaders, and I think they all understand Israel’s inherent right of self-defense, the fact that the attacks are unconscionable, that fact that they’re rocketing our cities is something that no country should agree with — and I’m not going to get into the specifics of our operational response. I assure you — I assure you that we have an operational response.”

Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) on CNN’s “State of the Union” : “It’s not acceptable. Every nation has the requirement to secure its borders. Our borders are not secure, no matter what they say. “

An earlier version of this post included a different quote from Holder, not reflecting the topic area referenced.