Senate Stands United for Israel's Right to Self-Defense

AIPAC Press Release
Senate Stands United for Israel's Right to Self-Defense

July 17, 2014

AIPAC commends the Senate for passing a strong bipartisan resolution affirming Israel’s right to self-defense against the unprovoked assault on its civilians by the terrorist group Hamas. The lead sponsors for the resolution (S. Res. 498) were Sens. Robert Menendez (D-NJ), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), Charles Schumer (D-NY) and Kelly Ayotte (R-NH).

In addition to reaffirming Israel’s right to self-defense, the Senate resolution urges Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the unity governing arrangement with Hamas and condemn the attacks on Israel. The resolution calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel.

Last week, the House adopted a similar resolution (H. Res. 657), spearheaded by Reps. Steve Israel (D-NY) and Tom Cole (R-OK). 

Israel launched Operation Protective Edge to defend its citizens against hundreds of rockets launched from Gaza by Islamist terrorists. While Israel accepted a cease-fire plan offered by the Egyptian government, Hamas rejected it and continues to send rockets into the Jewish state. During the hostilities, Israel has made unprecedented efforts to warn Gaza residents and avoid civilian casualties. By contrast, Hamas intentionally targets Israelis in numerous cities and flagrantly jeopardizes the safety of Gaza residents by launching rocket attacks and concealing weapons in civilian areas.