Senate Supports Israel's Right to Self-Defense

AIPAC Press Release
Senate Supports Israel's Right to Self-Defense

July 30, 2014

AIPAC applauds the Senate for adopting a forceful resolution in support of Israel’s right to defend itself against the Hamas terrorist assault.  The bipartisan resolution, which was adopted by unanimous consent Tuesday evening, 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).

The resolution supports “Israel’s right to defend itself against Hamas’s unrelenting and indiscriminate rocket assault into Israel and Israel’s right to destroy Hamas’s elaborate tunnel system into Israel’s territory.”  It further specifies that a durable ceasefire should immediately end Hamas’s rocket attacks and lead to a demilitarization of Gaza.  In addition, the resolution calls for additional funding for Iron Dome, the Israeli anti-missile system which has saved countless lives and prevented untold damage to civilian areas.

The resolution condemns the United Nations Human Rights Council’s vote to target Israel without mentioning Hamas’s assault on innocent civilians. The resolution also condemns Hamas’s use of civilians as human shields.

While launching over 2,500 rockets against Israeli citizens, Hamas had also planned to use an extensive networks of terror tunnels that extended into Israeli territory to launch mass casualty attacks and kidnap Israelis.  Israeli forces are currently dismantling the terrorist infrastructure to prevent future attacks.