The House of Representatives and the Senate have adopted strong resolutions supporting Israel’s right to self-defense, condemning Palestinian rocket attacks on the Jewish state, and calling for the demilitarization of Gaza. Thank your Congressman for supporting these crucial resolutions.
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).
The House of Representatives passed a similar resolution (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 2,600 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.