Support Israel's Right to Self-Defense

A bipartisan group of House members has introduced a resolution (H. Con. Res. 107) that denounces the use of civilians as human shields by Hamas and other terrorist organizations in violation of international humanitarian law. The resolution is led by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL).  

On July 17, the Senate passed by unanimous consent S. Res. 498 expressing support for Israel as it acts to defend itself against Hamas. The bipartisan resolution was introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Charles Schumer (D-NY).  

The House of Representatives passed a similar resolution on (H. Res. 657) on July 11.  The resolution was spearheaded by Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Tom Cole (R-OK).

The three resolutions come as Hamas and other Gaza terrorists have launched more than 2,000 rockets at the Jewish state since July 8, 2014. These actions constitute an unprovoked escalation aimed solely at killing, maiming and terrorizing Israelis.

Hamas actively rejects Israel’s right to exist and, since the group’s inception in the late 1980s, has killed hundreds of Israelis and dozens of Americans in rocket attacks and suicide bombings.

Key Points

  1. Hamas is relentlessly firing rockets at Israel.
    Since the beginning of July, Palestinian terrorists have fired more than 1,500 missiles and projectiles at Israel, including Jerusalem and Tel Aviv. Through constant missile barrages, terrorist infiltrations and cyber-attacks, Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist factions have waged physical and psychological warfare against Israel’s civilian population.

  2. Israel is exercising its legitimate right of self-defense.
    Israel has exercised its right to protect itself by undertaking military action that is has dubbed Operation Protective Edge. Israel made several efforts to defuse the situation, but Hamas rebuffed every Israeli feeler.

  3. America must stand with Israel.
    It is critical for the United States to reiterate its support for its ally Israel, including its right to live in peace and to defend itself.  “No country can accept rocket fire aimed at civilians, and we support Israel’s right to defend itself against these vicious attacks,” said White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest.

Contact Your House Member

Urge your House member to cosponsor a resolution (H. Con. Res. 107) condemning Hamas' use of civilians as human shields.

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Contact Your Senators

Thank your senators for supporting Senate Resolution 498 expressing support for Israel's right to self-defense.

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