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Statement by Gov. Rick Perry on Ongoing Conflict in Gaza


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Calls for support of Israel's right to defend its citizens

Gov. Rick Perry today issued the following statement on the ongoing conflict in Gaza:

"Hamas must cease its attacks on Israel. No other nation on earth would be expected to stand idly by while a neighbor fired missiles and mortars into its cities, but Israel is being held to an unreasonable, irresponsible standard of restraint. Instead, the world community should be united in its support of Israel's right to defend its citizens and clear in its condemnation of Hamas.

"While I am saddened by the loss of life on both sides, a suitable resolution to the conflict is possible if Israel's neighbors will acknowledge Israel's sovereign right to defend its people. That acknowledgement would be an essential first step toward a lasting peace.

"The world community must not tolerate terrorism in any form, regardless of any false nobility assigned to its perpetrators or their motives."

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