Rep. Salmon Statement on Israel’s Ongoing Action Against Hamas Terrorists

Aug 1, 2014
Press Release

Washington, D.C. — Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) today released the following statement in response to the continued conflict between the Israeli military to eliminate terroristic attacks from the Gaza Strip.

“For years we have heard stories of rocket attacks launched against the sovereign state of Israel from the Gaza Strip, and for years Israel has deliberately sought to mitigate the damage caused by these attacks and avoid engaging in a prolonged conflict.  However, recent attacks from within the Gaza Strip, including increased rocket launches from civilian areas and progressively more aggressive threats and posturing by the terrorist group, Hamas, have left Israel little choice but to engage in a ground battle to root out the rockets and tunnel network used to attack Israeli citizens.

“Rather than aiming to protect the lives of those living in the Gaza Strip, Hamas repeatedly uses residents as human shields to protect their weapons caches and increase the death toll—even encouraging children to stay in the line of fire after Israeli warnings of an impending action.  Schools, hospitals, and United Nations facilities in Gaza have been found to contain weapons and entrances to the tunnels used by teams of terrorists to conduct raids on the Israeli state.  Even today, during an unconditional, humanitarian cease-fire organized by the United States and the United Nations, a group of Hamas terrorists exited a tunnel, engaged Israeli troops, detonated a bomb vest, and kidnapped an Israeli soldier.

“Israel should no longer tolerate these attacks and they must take action to protect their citizens.”

Rep. Matt Salmon (AZ-05) serves on the House Committee on Foreign Affairs as Chairman of the Subcommittee on the Western Hemisphere. He is also a member of the House Committee on Education and the Workforce.
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