Friday, January 9, 2009

Blunt Votes for Resolution Supporting Israel's Right to Protect Citizens

/PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Southwest Missouri Congressman Roy Blunt issued the following statement today after voting for a resolution to reaffirm the United States' ties with Israel and condemn the terrorist actions of Hamas:

"When Hamas, with the support of outside agitators, declared the end of a six-month ceasefire with Israel, they began this conflict. Israel's leaders had no choice but to defend their borders, their sovereignty and their citizens from violent border attacks and rocket fire by Hamas militants.

"The actions of Israel are nothing more than self-defense. It is unrealistic to expect Israel to stand idly by waiting for a terrorist organization to commit to another short-term ceasefire.

"I am hopeful that peace can return to the border between Israel and Gaza, but peace is only possible if Hamas ceases their continued and unprovoked attacks on Israeli civilians."

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