Congressman Joe Wilson (SC-02) issued the following statement in regards to the violence in the Middle East aimed at Israel:
Wilson stated, "The escalating conflict in the Middle East between Hamas and Israel is a result of ongoing attacks in which Hamas indiscriminately targets Israeli civilians with rockets and mortars. Israel, our most valued Ally in the region, has a right to defend herself against these threats. The United States will continue to stand by Israel and the Israeli people, just as we have done since her founding in 1948.
"The rocket and mortar attacks being launched by Hamas are acts of cowardice and terrorism and have no place in a civil world. As a nation, our thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel. It is our hope that the conflict will be resolved and the region will return to peace. I encourage the President to stand behind Israel and help bring this conflict to an end."