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Ruppersberger Issues Statement on Escalating Violence in Israel, Gaza Strip

May 13, 2021
Press Release

(Washington, DC) – Congressman C.A. Dutch Ruppersberger today issued the following statement amid ongoing rocket attacks by Hamas against Israel:

“Our ally, Israel, has an absolute right to protect itself from Hamas’ indefensible terrorist attacks, which threaten the lives of innocent civilians – Israelis and Palestinians alike.

As long as Hamas continues to undermine the Palestinian people’s legitimate interests with a barrage of rockets, there will be little hope for peace in this region. Already 55 people have died in the recent violence, including children and teenagers. There must be an immediate cease-fire before any more lives are lost.  After decades of conflict in this area, there is no silver bullet. Both parties must show restraint in the short-term to advance the long-term goal of lasting peace in a two-state solution.”