U.S. Senators Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina), Robert Menendez (D-New Jersey), Kelly Ayotte (R-New Hampshire), and Chuck Schumer (D-New York) today introduced a resolution expressing support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization.
*Reaffirms the United States' support for Israel's right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel;
*Condemns the unprovoked rocket fire at Israel;
*Calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel; and
*Calls on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the unity governing arrangement with Hamas and condemn the attacks on Israel.
"The State of Israel is under siege on multiple fronts," said Senator Lindsey Graham. "Hamas is a terrorist organization that has fired hundreds of rockets at the State of Israel. This is truly an act of terrorism that needs to be condemned. I believe the Senate will speak with one voice in condemning the actions of the terrorist organization Hamas and standing by America's best friend in the region, the State of Israel. There is no moral equivalency between the self-defense actions of Israel and the barbaric actions of Hamas."
"Israel has a right to self-defense in the face of indiscriminate violence and vicious attacks against civilian populations," said Senator Robert Menendez. "It is an appalling but often-used tactic by Hamas to launch rockets indiscriminately at Israeli population centers. Nobody should be surprised that a terrorist organization is once again resorting to terror to harm innocent Israelis, and exposing Palestinian civilians to danger while doing so. Hamas is a terrorist organization that rejects a two-state solution and celebrates the kidnapping and murder of innocent civilians; it cannot be a partner in a Palestinian unity government."
"Israel is our closest and most reliable ally in the Middle East, and we stand with Israel and their right to defend themselves against terrorist organizations that deliberately target civilians," said Senator Ayotte.
"Israel is entitled to take the steps necessary to protect itself from destructive rocket attacks from Hamas that are aimed at all Israeli civilians, regardless of their religion," said Senator Schumer. "This resolution supports Israel as it protects itself in a manner that values the safety of Palestinian civilians even as its own civilians face indiscriminate attacks from terrorists. It is time for Mahmoud Abbas to do the right thing and break ties with Hamas."