Stephanie Young, 202-225-3130
WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) released the following statement condemning today's rocket attacks from Gaza:
“I join in condemning today’s rocket attacks from Gaza against Israeli communities and in praying for the safety and well-being of the families taking shelter. I have been to S’derot and seen first-hand both the danger posed by these rockets and the resilience of those who live in their shadow each day.
“These attacks must cease immediately. They further undermine prospects for the people living in Gaza to end the international isolation that groups like Hamas and Islamic Jihad have brought about through their continued insistence on resorting to terrorism and violence. The interception of an arms shipment to Gaza last week continues to raise questions about whether those who rule Gaza are truly committed to abiding by the cease-fire in effect since 2012. Israel, like any sovereign nation, has the right to defend itself against provocative attacks such as this one, and the United States will continue to stand with Israel as that country seeks a peaceful and secure future for its people.”