The House of Representatives and the Senate have adopted strong measures supporting Israel’s right to self-defense, condemning Palestinian rocket attacks on the Jewish state, calling for the demilitarization of Gaza, and funding the Iron Dome missile defense system.
On August 1, the House and Senate overwhelmingly passed H. J. Res. 76, which appropriates $225 million for Iron Dome, a vital missile defense system responsible for intercepting hundreds of rockets aimed at Israeli civilians. The legislation passed thanks to the bipartisan leadership of the Obama administration, Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH), Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA), House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD), and Sens. Barbara Mikulski (D-MD), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John McCain (R-AZ), Dick Durbin (D-IL) Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Mark Kirk (R-IL).
On July 30, the House of Representatives passed H. Con. Res. 107, denouncing the use of civilians as human shields by Hamas, supporting efforts to demilitarize Gaza and condemning the United Nations Human Rights Council’s biased commission of inquiry into Israel’s Gaza operations. The resolution was led by Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL) and Ted Deutch (D-FL).
On July 29, the Senate adopted S. Res. 526, supporting Israel’s right to defend itself against terrorist attacks from Gaza. The resolution specified that a durable ceasefire should immediately end Hamas’ rocket attacks and lead to a demilitarization of Gaza. The bipartisan resolution, which was adopted by unanimous consent, was authored by Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-NV), Republican Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY), Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Robert Menendez (D-NJ) and Senator Bob Corker (R-TN).
On July 17, the Senate passed S. Res. 498, which expressed 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).
On July 11, the House of Representatives passed a similar resolution (H. Res. 657). The resolution was spearheaded by Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Tom Cole (R-OK).
The measures come as Hamas and other Gaza terrorists have launched more than 3,000 rockets at the Jewish state since July 8. 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.