Chairwoman Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL)
“Three Israeli civilians were killed yesterday morning after a rocket struck an apartment building in southern Israel, the first fatalities from the barrage of rocket attacks targeting civilians that have come from Hamas-controlled Gaza in the past six days. This is hardly a unique situation. Israeli civilians were subject to several days of rocket attacks just last month, and they continue to live their lives day to day knowing that such an event could occur at any time.
“While Hamas intentionally targets Israeli civilians, Israeli officials have alerted civilians in Gaza to the need to stay away from Hamas and its operatives, attempting to minimize casualties. Hamas’ deliberate attacks against Israeli civilians are despicable, as is their continued use of innocent Palestinians civilians in Gaza as human shields. Congress clearly supports Israel’s right to protect itself against attacks from violent extremists such as Hamas, and I strongly urge this Administration to stand with our ally both bilaterally and in multilateral fora as it seeks to defend its citizens.”
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-FL)
“With our deepest concern and strongest support, the United States stands firm with our ally Israel, currently under fire from an onslaught of Hamas rockets. I reject Hamas’s relentless violence, and commend President Obama’s unwavering commitment to our ally, including his
fundamental support for the Iron Dome missile defense system. As the days unfold, we remain united in our support of Israel’s sovereign right to self-defense and ever hopeful for a return to calm and peace. My thoughts and prayers remain with the people of Israel in these uncertain times.” (Statement, November 14)
Rep. Ted Deutch (D-FL)
“Mr. Speaker, in the past 24 hours alone, terrorists in the Gaza Strip have launched more than 250 rockets into southern Israel. That’s 250 rockets in one day since hamas began its strikes. Imagine 250 rockets raining down in one day on your community, anywhere in the US. You would expect our government to act to protect our citizens. Israel is acting to protect her citizens, Israel has the right to protect her citizens from terrorist attacks. In the early hours of this morning, three Israeli civilians died when a rocket from Gaza struck a top floor of an apartment building. Later in the day, a rocket hit just ten miles from Tel Aviv. The United States mourns the loss of life at the hands of hamas terrorists. We will not waver in our support of Israel’s right to defend herself against these and other attacks. The right of any nation to defend its citizens can never be called into question. Mr. speaker, at this challenging time for our great ally, the United States stands with Israel.” (Floor speech, November 15)
Terrorists have fired 250 rockets at Israeli civilians in 24 hours. Heading to House floor to stand for Israel's right to defend herself. (Via Twitter, November 15)
Rep. Frederica Wilson (D-FL)
“In light of the escalating violence in Gaza, it is my hope that there will be a swift and peaceful resolution to prevent any further loss of civilian lives. I stand in support of Israel’s right to self-defense against rocket attacks or any other acts of aggression. Israel is one of our greatest allies and has my full support. I stand in support of President Obama and his vigilance to see that these attacks will cease immediately without escalation.” (Thursday, November 15)
Rep. Allen West (R-FL)
“I fully support the Israeli military strike that killed the Hamas military wing chief, Ahmed Jabari. Hamas is a known Islamic terrorist organization and clearly states in its charter the aim to destroy the modern day State of Israel. Mr. Jabari has been responsible for countless rocket and missile attacks originating from Gaza Strip into Southern Israel. I have personally seen the destruction this causes, and visited the City of Sderot where bomb shelters stand on school playgrounds and children suffer from post-traumatic stress disorder. The Israeli’s turned over Gaza to the Palestinians in an offer to further the peace process. What they have received in return are more attacks and carnage. I stand with Israel, and as a Member of the House Armed Services Committee, will support supplying the requested resources enabling Israel to defend herself from our common enemy, radical Islamic terrorism. We cannot abandon our best ally in her true time of need. We have no doubt that the new Muslim Brotherhood government in Egypt supports Hamas.” (Statement, November 14)
Rep. Gus Bilirakis (R-FL)
"For years, Israelis have lived under the constant threat of rockets from Hamas-controlled Gaza. In this year alone, ovr 800 rockets have been fired from Gaza nto southern Israe, threatening the lives of all those who live there. Peace is only attainable if Hamas ceases these unjustifiable attacks. However, until then, Israel should be allowed to defend itself against these acts of terror. We must continue to support our strongest democratic ally in the region and encourage others to do so, as well." (Statement, November 15)
Rep. Mario Diaz-Balart (R-FL)
“The brutal barrage of rockets from the Gaza Strip, controlled by the terrorist group Hamas, must stop. No country should be subjected to have its civilian population under constant attack. Congress stands firmly with our friend Israel, and steadfastly supports our great ally’s right to protect itself from terrorist threats.”
“At this difficult time, it is vital that the United States stand with Israel and its right to defend its civilians and its national security. We must also be vigilant to stop any possible international efforts, such as in the UN, that may use this incident in an attempt to delegitimize Israel.” (Statement, November 16)
Senator Bill Nelson (D-FL)
Senator Bill Nelson showed his support for Israel through cosponsoring resolution S.RES.599 in support of Israel.
Latest Title: A resolution expressing vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognizing and strongly supporting its right to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism.
(introduced 11/15/2012) Cosponsors: 65