Press Release ● Foreign Affairs
For Immediate Release: 
July 12, 2006
Contact Info: 
Stacey Farnen Bernards
(202) 225 - 3130

Washington, D.C. – House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer released the following statement today condemning Hezbollah for seizing two Israeli soldiers:

“The House Democratic leadership strongly condemns the seizure of Israeli soldiers by Hezbollah terrorists operating from Lebanon.  This action, following so closely the seizure of an Israeli soldier by Hamas terrorists operating from Gaza, further dims the prospects for peace in the Middle East.  Countries with influence over Hezbollah, particularly Syria and Iran, must move quickly to bring about the return of the soldiers and the end of rocket attacks on Israeli civilians from Hezbollah positions in Lebanon.  The Palestinian Authority, and countries with influence over Hamas, must take similar action in Gaza.
“Those who finance, direct, or otherwise support acts like these need to understand that they have produced an extremely dangerous situation and that they are responsible for the consequences.  Israel has an inherent right to defend itself, and the United States supports our ally.  The sooner the soldiers are returned and those who seized them brought under control, the better for everyone concerned about the future of the Middle East.”