Reps. Israel and Cole Introduce Resolution Supporting Israel’s Right to Defend Itself Against Rocket Attacks from Hamas
Washington, D.C. — Congressman Steve Israel (D-Huntington) and Congressman Tom Cole (R-Oklahoma) introduced a resolution supporting the State of Israel’s right to defend itself against unprovoked rockets attacks from Hamas, a terrorist organization. Their bipartisan resolution reaffirms U.S. support for Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorist attacks, condemns the unwarranted attacks and calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket attacks against Israel. The resolution currently has more than 50 cosponsors.
Rep. Israel said, “I vehemently condemn Hamas and its cowardly rocket attacks against the State of Israel. Despite Israel’s repeated efforts to pursue peace, Hamas has continued its policy of terror and violence against the Israeli people. That’s why I introduced this bipartisan resolution that expresses U.S. support for Israel’s right to defends itself against these unprovoked and unwarranted attacks and ensure its survival. I stand with the people of Israel during this difficult time.”
Rep. Cole said, “Israel is one of America’s most important and loyal friends. As the world has watched the unrest and tension reach a new height over the last several days with rockets fired into Israel by Hamas, we remain supportive of Israel’s right to combat these terrorist acts. I am pleased to introduce this legislation and reinforce America’s support of Israel.”
Since June, 2014, Hamas has fired more than 500 rockets into Israel from the Gaza Strip, including over 225 rockets in the past 36 hours. The Israeli army estimates that with its current reach, Hamas’ rockets endanger an estimated 6 million people—more than half of the Israeli population. The attacks have been condemned by White House spokesman Josh Earnest and U.N. Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon.
Hamas, a Sunni Islamist party, has governed the Gaza strip since 2007. They are designated as a terrorist organization by the United States, Canada, Australia and the European Union.
Samantha Slater (Israel)
Sarah Corley (Cole)