Statement by Congressman Brad Sherman in Support of Israel
Washington, D.C. - Congressman Brad Sherman (CA-27) today issued the following statement regarding a congressional resolution, H. Res. 34, which recognizes Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirms the United States' strong support for Israel, and supports the Israeli-Palestinian peace process:
“Hamas claims to be beleaguered, but it has rejected the United Nations Security Council cease-fire resolution passed last night. Hamas has done everything it can to increase civilian casualties, including the use of human shields. Yet even U.N. estimates say that over two-thirds of the Palestinian casualties have been gun-toting militants, and other estimates put that number at over three-quarters.
“When Hamas launches rockets from a neighborhood, an Israeli sergeant has seconds to decide whether to return fire, and there’s always a pundit to vilify that decision. But moral culpability for civilian casualties does not lie at the feet of sergeants. Moral culpability for the horrors of war lies with politicians who seek extreme and unjust ends, through violent means.
“While Israel seeks to live in peace alongside a Palestinian state, Hamas seeks to kill or expel every Jew from the Middle East. Hamas proudly waves the banner of genocide and ethnic cleansing.”
The measure passed.