Israel’s fight against terrorists in Gaza continued over the weekend, and escalated yesterday when news broke that five terrorists were caught inside Israel, attempting to carry out another deadly attack by entering through a tunnel dug from Gaza across the border.
Rocket fire also continued to rain down on Israeli civilians, and the Iron Dome rocket defense system that you worked with Congress to help fund intercepted at least six more rockets yesterday.
In a national address, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that it is unacceptable for Israelis to live in fear of “death from above [and] death from below.”
Hamas’ reckless terror campaign against Israeli citizens is continuing to take its toll on innocent Palestinians as well. The IDF reported yesterday that two rockets fired from Hamas failed to reach their intended targets in Israel—instead landing on a Gaza hospital and refugee camp.
Yesterday in Washington, congressional leaders gathered at a National Leadership Assembly, sponsored by the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations, to show their support for Israel. Participating members of Congress included Speaker John Boehner, incoming Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer, Sen. Ben Cardin, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Ed Royce, Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East and North Africa Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, and Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Eliot Engel.
The event was attended by AIPAC President Robert Cohen, who introduced the members of Congress and commended them for their outspoken support for Israel as it confronts Hamas. He also addressed our perspective on the current conflict and how the United States should stand shoulder-to-shoulder with Israel at this critical time.
“At this sensitive and dangerous moment, it is essential that the United States works closely with our democratic and indispensable ally, Israel, to ensure Jerusalem is able to keep its citizens safe from terror,” Cohen said. “As a first step in any agreement, Hamas must stop its relentless terror attacks. The Iranian-backed group must also be prevented from carrying out further attacks, both via rocket and tunnel.”
“Let us be very clear,” he added. “There can be no true peace until Hamas is disarmed.”Click here to read the press release AIPAC issued after the event.
Sens. Lindsey Graham and Charles Schumer have introduced a new Senate resolution outlining key principles for any ceasefire between Israel and Hamas. Among other items, the resolution opposes any efforts to impose a ceasefire that does not allow for the government of Israel to protect its citizens from threats posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels. Click here to urge your senators to back this resolution.
In the House of Representatives, Reps. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Ted Deutch are currently circulating a bipartisan resolution condemning Hamas’ use of civilians as human shields.Click here to urge your House member to support the resolution.