Statements for New Jersey U.S. Senators
Senator Robert Menendez
“The United States firmly and resolutely stands with Israel as it defends its citizens from an onslaught of unprovoked rocket fire launched by Hamas terrorists. While Israel had agreed to a cessation of hostilities and halted its military campaign to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian supplies to Gaza, Hamas continued to terrorize Israel with a nonstop onslaught of rockets. Hamas uses civilians as protective shields and houses rockets in hospitals, schools, and mosques. It is appalling, but not surprising, that a terrorist organization is resorting to these inhumane tactics and destructive actions which only causes the suffering of Palestinians in Gaza and results in the heartbreaking and unnecessary loss of innocent lives. Israelis and their Palestinian neighbors deserve to live in security and Hamas continues to disrupt that peace. As this conflict continues, the United States unequivocally supports Israel.” (July 17, 2014, following passage of Senate Resolution 498, supporting Israel as it executes Operation Protective Edge.)
Senator Cory Booker
Over the past several weeks we have witnessed a Middle East in deep turmoil. Israel faces threats on a wide variety of fronts and I have stood staunchly by Israel’s right to defend itself. During these difficult days I have grieved with my Israeli brothers and sisters for Naftali Fraenkel, Eyal Yifrach, and Gilad Shaar, and most recently Dror Khenin and First Sergeant Eitan Barak. My prayers and thoughts are with the citizens of Israel and the countless civilians in Gaza caught in this Hamas-initiated violence.
Today, I want to reaffirm that my commitment to the peace and security of Israel is unshakable and unbreakable. As I have said in the past, no country should have to live under the constant threat of indiscriminate violence against innocent civilians. I am proud to have co-sponsored a resolution led by Sen. Menendez which reaffirms Israel’s right to defend its citizens and ensure its survival. I pray that our families in Israel remain safe. (July 21, 2014. Read at the Israel Solidarity Rally.)