House resolution supports Israeli defense against Hamas rocket attacks
By Ripon Advance Reports, The Ripon Advance
A bipartisan House resolution introduced on Wednesday by Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) would support Israel’s ability to defend itself against unprovoked Hamas rocket attacks.A bipartisan House resolution introduced on Wednesday by Reps. Tom Cole (R-Okla.) and Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) would support Israel’s ability to defend itself against unprovoked Hamas rocket attacks.
The resolution also calls for Hamas to bring an immediate halt to all rocket attacks against Israel.
“Israel is one of America’s most important and loyal friends,” Cole said. “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.”
More than 500 rockets have been fired into Israel by Hamas since the beginning of June, and the Israeli army estimates six million people may be in danger.
“I vehemently condemn Hamas and its cowardly rocket attacks against the state of Israel,” Israel said. “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. Steve Stivers (R-Ohio) signed on as a co-sponsor of the resolution on Wednesday.
“Israel is our nation’s strongest, most reliable ally in the Middle East, and they deserve no less than the 100 percent backing and support of the United States,” Stivers said.