U.S. Representative Peter J. Roskam issued the following statement on this week's events across the Middle East:
"It's been a banner week so far for the Islamic Republic of Iran -- and it's only Wednesday. Iran continues to defy the United States and the international community by firing missiles in violation of U.N. Security Council resolutions for the second day in a row. Meanwhile, Iranian-backed terrorists launched a series of savage attacks across Israel yesterday. At least 10 people were injured and Taylor Force, an American graduate student and U.S. Army veteran, was murdered just south of Tel Aviv.
"I am saddened and dismayed that I once again must condemn such heinous terrorist attacks against innocent civilians. The Palestinian Authority, Hamas, and the Islamic Republic of Iran all have blood on their hands and share responsibility for this current wave of terror. Israel is on the front lines of fighting the evil forces of Islamic terrorism and America stands shoulder-to-shoulder beside her.
"Taylor's killer won't have to worry about his family's finances, however -- the Iranian government has already announced that it will compensate all terrorists who shed blood in their quest to wipe the Jewish state off the map. The Hebrew inscriptions on Iran's missiles ("Israel must be wiped out') and the Israeli flag painted on the floor of the launch tunnel left no doubt the Mullahs would like us to bury even more of our sons and daughters."