Washington, DC – House Armed Services Committee Chairman Ike Skelton (D-MO) released the following statement during House consideration of H. Res. 34, recognizing Israel’s right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza, reaffirming the United States’ strong support for Israel, and supporting the Israeli-Palestinian peace process:

 “Madam Speaker, let me take this means to express my support for H. Res. 34.  Israel, which has been our ally since President Truman recognized this country in 1948, could no longer tolerate relentless attacks on its citizens by Hamas and took military action to prevent future attacks.   Israel must defend itself, as would any nation in the face of such provocation.

 “The United States and the international community must work to support an enduring cease fire that ends missile attacks by Hamas, prevents illegal arms and explosives from entering Gaza, and sets in motion a diplomatic solution that will allow Israelis and Palestinians to live in peace.  Only when the cycle of violence in this troubled region is broken will Israelis and Palestinians be able to enjoy the peace and prosperity that people everywhere deserve.”