Support Israel's Right to Self-Defense

Congress Introduces New Resolutions Supporting Israel

Member of the House and Senate have introduced bipartisan resolutions that strongly support Israel’s right to self-defense and condemn Palestinian rocket attacks on the Jewish state. The Senate resolution is spearheaded by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Charles Schumer (D-NY), who were joined by Sens. Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Benjamin Cardin (D-MD), Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Richard Blumenthal (D-CT).

Noting that any ceasefire agreement that fails to eliminate the terrorist threat would prove unsustainable, the resolution states that Israel “must be allowed to take actions necessary to remove the present and future threats posed by Hamas’ rockets and tunnels.” The resolution also opposes any effort to impose a ceasefire that denies Israel this ability.The House resolution (H. Con. Res. 107) 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).

Recent Resolutions Passed by Congress Supporting Israel

On July 17, the Senate passed by unanimous consent S. Res. 498, which expresses 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 four resolutions come as Hamas and other Gaza terrorists have launched more than 2,500 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 2,000 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

Urge your senators to cosponsor a resolution (S. Res. 517) that supports a sustainable ceasefire in Gaza.

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