March 5, 2008
Washington, D.C. -- Congressman Steve Chabot (R-Cincinnati), a senior member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, delivered the following statement this morning on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives:
“I rise in strong support of H. Res. 951, a resolution condemning the ongoing Palestinian rocket attacks on the people of Israel.
“When Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, there was hope that this was an opportunity for peace. Sadly, this has not been the case.
“Instead, Hamas and other terrorist groups, with the support of Iran and Syria, have fired more than 4000 rockets and mortar shells into Israel from Gaza – killing, maiming and traumatizing the innocent Israeli civilians. This unprovoked disregard for human life must be condemned in the strongest possible terms.
“I support passage of this resolution, H. Res. 951, and I urge my colleagues to do so as it supports the sovereign right of Israel to defend its territory and stop the rocket attacks on its citizens. It further calls on all nations, including Egypt, to take affirmative steps to stop the flow of rockets and other materials and equipment used by terrorists into Gaza and other Palestinian territories.
“And finally, it reaffirms the strong and unyielding friendship between the governments and the people of Israel and the United States.”