Congressman Kenny Marchant (TX-24) issued the following statement in strong support of Israel's right to defend herself from missile attacks being launched by Hamas (a terrorist organization) from Gaza into southern Israel.
"I strongly support the right of Israel to use any means necessary to defend herself in response to recent rocket attacks by Hamas. The actions by Hamas are indeed an act of war and Israel is justified in its swift response to strike back at Hamas and destroy its terrorist infrastructure. The people of Israel deserve to live in peace and should not have to endure indiscriminate rocket attacks that have killed many of its citizens in the last week. Furthermore Hamas' use of Palestinian civilians as human shields must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
"Israel has both the right and obligation to defend its citizens. The United States stands shoulder to shoulder with the Middle East's beacon of freedom, Israel, and we showed this today by unanimously passing a resolution in the House (H. Res. 813) which expresses our unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of Israel as a Jewish state. I call upon all freedom-loving nations to stand with Israel and against the terrorist group Hamas.
"The Palestinian people must once and for all reject Hamas and its terrorist tactics which threaten any prospects for lasting peace. Israel's security is vitally important to the United States as she is our strongest ally in the region. As such, dismantling Hamas and its terror regime is essential to achieving stability in the region and a peace that serves all who live there."