Reps. Zeldin, Gottheimer Lead Bipartisan Coalition Condemning Terrorist Rocket Attacks on Israel; Supporting Israel’s Right to Defend Itself from Terrorists

November 25, 2019
Press Release
Following 450+ rockets launched at Israel in recent weeks, the U.S. must stand with the key democracy in the region

WASHINGTON - Representatives Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), Ranking Member of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on Oversight and Investigations and Co-Chair of the House Republican Israel Caucus, and Josh Gottheimer (D, NJ-5) introduced H.Res. 727, a bipartisan House Resolution condemning terrorist rocket attacks on Israel and supporting Israel’s right to defend itself.

Between November 12 and 14, 2019, Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) terrorists in Gaza launched more than 450 rockets at Israel, evacuating homes, schools, and hospitals, and forcing innocent Israelis to flee to bomb shelters.

Joining Reps. Gottheimer and Zeldin as cosponsors of H.Res. 727 were Representatives Ted Deutch (D, FL-22), Brad Schneider (D, IL-10), Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D, FL-23), Elaine Luria (D, VA-2), Stephanie Murphy (D, FL-7), Max Rose (D, NY-11), Tom Suozzi (D, NY-3), Ben McAdams (D, UT-4), Anthony Brindisi (D, NY-22), Susie Lee (D, NV-3), Jeff Van Drew (D, NJ-2), David Kustoff (R, TN-8), Buddy Carter (R, GA-1), Mark Walker (R, NC-6), Denver Riggleman (R, VA-5), Mark Meadows (R, NC-11), Ralph Abraham (R, LA-5), Troy Balderson (R, OH-12), Brian Fitzpatrick (R, PA-1), Andy Biggs (R, AZ-5), David McKinley (R, WV-1) and Jim Banks (R, IN-3).

“Whether it’s the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, Hamas or other terrorist threats, Israel is surrounded by terrorist organizations that deny its very right to exist and have pledged to wipe Israel off the map. The constant barrage of rockets has left Israel no choice but to protect itself. Like every other sovereign nation, Israel has an inherent right of self-defense and will without hesitation act to protect innocent Israeli citizens who live near the border. We must stand shoulder to shoulder with our greatest ally Israel, and I look forward to continuing this fight alongside Congressman Gottheimer and other staunch advocates of the US-Israel relationship,” said Congressman Lee Zeldin (NY-1).

“When heinous terrorist groups like Palestinian Islamic Jihad fire hundreds of rockets at innocent civilians in Israel, there should be no question who the United States stands with. We must stand with our historic ally, Israel — the key democracy in the region. That’s why members on both sides of the aisle have come together to support Israel’s right to defend itself from terrorist rockets,” said Congressman Josh Gottheimer (NJ-5). “For more than 70 years, the United States and Israel have fostered and strengthened one of the most extraordinary partnerships of the modern world. This alliance, rooted in our shared democratic values, is also critical to America's own strategic interests in the region. The unparalleled success of the lifesaving Iron Dome missile defense system during the recent attacks shows how critical security assistance and cooperation with our ally Israel truly is.”