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US Congressmen and senators defend Israel against criticism

(WJC)–The ‘Jerusalem Post’ reports that more than a dozen US senators and over 60 members of the House of Representatives have issued statements since the flotilla interception last week, with almost all of them overwhelmingly supportive of Israel. In the Senate, former Democratic presidential candidate John Kerry said that “Israel has every right in the world to make certain that weapons are not being smuggled in after the thousands of rockets that have been fired on it from Gaza… It is not just Israel conducting this blockade; it is Israel and Egypt.”

Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, also Democrat, noted that “Israel has an obligation to protect its citizens and therefore has a clear right under international law to prevent weapons from getting in the hands of terrorists determined to target them. Israel indicated it was willing to put in place a process to ensure that legitimate humanitarian relief reached Gaza. Unfortunately this offer was rejected. Israel has pledged to carry out a transparent and thorough investigation of this incident, and I look forward to its findings.”

Senator Joe Lieberman, an independent senator, said, “We should be very clear about who is responsible for the unfortunate loss of life in the attempt to break the blockade in Gaza. Hamas and its allies are the responsible parties for the recent violence and the continued difficulties for the people of Gaza. Israel exercised her legitimate right of self defense.” Lieberman said he appreciated “the way in which the Obama administration has refused to join the international herd that has rushed to convict Israel before the facts were known and has apparently forgotten that Israel is a democratic nation and Hamas is a terrorist group.”

The Republican senator Scott Brown added that “Israel is at war. Each and every day thousands of its innocent men, women and children face the threat of lethal rocket attacks out of Gaza. Some of the usual critics of Israel have used recent events to question the strong relationship between our countries… Israel is not a liability to the United States. There is no greater US ally in the critical area of the Middle East and perhaps no better strategic partnership in the world.”

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Preceding provided by World Jewish Congress.

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