At the end of last week, U.S. Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., introduced a resolution “condemning the terrorist attacks by Hamas against the state of Israel and to reaffirm congressional support for the U.S.-Israel alliance.”
Gimenez‘s resolution also included recognizing Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
“I strongly condemn the terrorist acts conducted by Hamas against the State of Israel. These horrific scenes coming out of Jerusalem depict countless rockets being launched from Gaza with the intent to massacre innocent civilians. We are reminded of why the United States must continue being an ally of Israel and why our commitment to Israel’s sovereignty and independence is so crucial at a time of heightened regional hostility,” Gimenez said on Friday.
“Each member of Congress now has a decision to make. Either you stand with Israel and the Jewish people or you stand with the Hamas terrorists. Every member should go on record regarding their position. I thank my colleagues who have stood up and declared their support of our Israeli partners by signing this resolution,” he added.
The resolution has almost 70 co-sponsors–all Republican–including Florida U.S. Reps. Vern Buchanan, Kat Cammack, Mario Diaz-Balart, Byron Donalds, Neal Dunn, Scott Franklin, Brian Mast, John Rutherford, Maria Elvira Salazar, and Dan Webster.
The resolution was sent to the U.S. House Foreign Affairs Committee on Friday.
Reach Kevin Derby at firstname.lastname@example.org.