House voices full support for Israel in Hamas fight

The House of Representatives unanimously approved a non-binding resolution in support of Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket fire from the Gaza Strip.

The resolution, which had more than 140 bipartisan sponsors, passed July 11 by unanimous consent, just two days after it was introduced by Reps. Steve Israel (D-N.Y.) and Tom Cole (R-Okla.) in response to the attacks on Israel following the murder last month of three Israeli teenagers.

The resolution supports Israel’s right to defend itself against what it calls unprovoked rocket attacks from Hamas and condemns the attacks. It also calls on Hamas, which governs the Gaza Strip, to immediately stop firing rockets on Israel.

A similar resolution in the Senate was introduced by Sen. Robert Menendez (D-N.J.), the chairman of the body’s Foreign Relations Committee, as well as Sens. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) and Kelly Ayotte (R-N.H.). — jta