Jul 18 2014

Graham Resolution Expressing Support for Israel Passes Senate

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham (R-South Carolina) said he was pleased the Senate last night unanimously approved a resolution he introduced expressing support for Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization.

The resolution:

• Reaffirms the United States' support for Israel's right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of Israel;

• Condemns the unprovoked rocket fire at Israel;

• Calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel; and

• Calls on Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas to dissolve the unity governing arrangement with Hamas and condemn the attacks on Israel.

"Israel is under siege on multiple fronts," said Senator Lindsey Graham. "Hamas is a terrorist organization that has fired hundreds of rockets at Israel. This is truly an act of terrorism that needs to be condemned.

"As the Prime Minister of Israel Benjamin Netanyahu said ‘The Israelis are using missiles to protect citizens. Hamas is using citizens to protect its missiles.' There is no moral equivalency between the parties. I'm very pleased the Senate spoke with one voice in condemning the barbaric actions of the terrorist organization Hamas and standing by America's best friend in the region, Israel."