Rep Joe Barton (R-Ennis/Arlington) issued the following statement about the ongoing conflict in Gaza and expressing support for Israel:
"I stand firmly with Israel and its people as they fight back against the terrorists who are launching attacks from Gaza. I continue to hope that a ceasefire can be reached, but until then I believe that every free nation has a right to defend itself. Israel is a unique outpost for democracy in the Middle East and a longtime, valuable friend to the United States. Until a viable, peaceful Palestinian state comes into being and its people are capable of living side by side with Israel as good neighbors, the U.S. should strongly and actively support Israel's right to protect its people from senseless acts of terror."