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Smith Statement on Ceasefire in Israel, Gaza

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Location: Washington, DC

"Today's ceasefire between Israel and Hamas is a positive step in the right direction toward ending the rocket fire into Israel, which has gone on far too long. I applaud Hillary Clinton, the Obama Administration, and the Egyptian Government for brokering this agreement.

"It is a fragile agreement, however, and continued US involvement is critical to achieve lasting long-term stability in the region. In order for the ceasefire to hold, Hamas must stop firing rockets into Israel and the U.S. must continue to ensure Israel's right to self-defense, particularly through Iron Dome. This agreement and additional assistance to support joint U.S.-Israeli missile defense efforts are absolutely critical to regional stability.

"Both the Israelis and the Palestinians have suffered far too long in this conflict. We must use this ceasefire as an opportunity to work together to find lasting peace in the region."


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