U.S. Rep. Bill Pascrell, Jr. (D-NJ-08) released the following statement regarding the recent violence in the Middle East:
"I am increasingly concerned with the intensifying violence across Gaza and Israel, and I unequivocally condemn Hamas' continued rocket attacks against Israeli civilians. No one should have to live with the constant fear that a terrorist's rocket could take the life of a loved one. President Obama has reiterated the unwavering support of the United States for Israel's right to defend itself, and I strongly echo that sentiment. I appreciate that Israel has taken important steps to target only Hamas militants and limit civilian casualties. I call upon involved parties to find a path to bring an end to the violence and prevent further bloodshed."