July 11, 2014
AIPAC praises the House of Representatives for passing a forceful resolution affirming Israel's right to self-defense and holding Hamas responsible for the attacks on America’s democratic ally. House resolution (H.Res.657) was spearheaded by Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Tom Cole (R-OK).
In addition to reaffirming its support for Israel’s defense of its citizens, the House condemns the “unprovoked rocket fire at Israel” and calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel. The resolution further indicates that Iran has long provided material support to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad to produce long range missiles capable of striking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem. To combat these threats, the resolution notes that the U.S. and Israel have cooperated on missile defense projects, including Iron Dome, David’s Sling and the Arrow Anti-Missile System.
In the Senate, a resolution defending Israel’s right to defend her citizens against terrorist attacks, (S. Res. 498), has been introduced by Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), and Charles Schumer (D-NY). It is expected to be voted on next week.
Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to defend its citizens against hundreds of rockets that Islamist terrorists have launched from Gaza. Prior to this operation, Israel made multiple efforts to defuse the situation with Hamas, but was rebuffed repeatedly. Hamas, moreover, is committed to the destruction of the Jewish state. Hamas has targeted Israelis in numerous cities, including the major population centers of Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, putting the majority of Israelis at risk.