House Majority Leader Eric Cantor (R-VA) released the following statement on the situation in Gaza and expressing support for Israel:
"For decades, the terrorist organization Hamas has been dedicated to the destruction of Israel and has committed innumerable acts of terrorism against Israeli citizens. Hamas' campaign of terrorism has long been sponsored and supported by the Islamic Republic of Iran and by Bashar Assad's brutal regime in Syria. After violently seizing power in Gaza from Fatah in 2007, Hamas turned Gaza into a haven of terror from which it has launched countless rocket attacks against Israeli cities. Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza recently launched a new campaign of terror against Israel in which hundreds of rockets and mortars have been fired at Israel in recent weeks. I stand with Israel's decision and its right to defend itself against the threat posed by terrorist rocket attacks, and call upon Palestinians in Gaza to abandon the terrorists whose violent extremism serves only to frustrate the peace between Israelis and Palestinians for which all Americans hope.
"This is also an important moment for Egyptian President Morsi and other Egyptian leaders to demonstrate that Egypt is committed to being a responsible international actor. As an American who desires good relations between Israel and her Arab neighbors, I hope that Egyptian leaders will respect Israel's inherent right to self-defense, return the Egyptian Ambassador to Israel, and play a constructive role -- as it has in the past -- in working to diffuse violence emanating from Gaza and promote regional stability."