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H. Res. 657

In the House of Representatives, U. S.,

July 11, 2014.  

    Whereas Hamas is a United States-designated terrorist organization whose charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel;

    Whereas Hamas continues to reject the Quartet’s core principles—recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence, and accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements;

    Whereas Hamas has killed hundreds of Israelis and dozens of Americans in rocket attacks and suicide bombings;

    Whereas since Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, Hamas and other terrorist groups have fired thousands of rockets at Israel;

    Whereas since June 2014, Hamas has fired nearly 300 rockets at Israel;

    Whereas Hamas’s weapons arsenal includes approximately 12,000 rockets that vary in range;

    Whereas Iran has long provided material support to Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad, including assistance that has enabled these terrorist organizations to produce longer-range rockets capable of striking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem;

    Whereas innocent Israeli civilians are indiscriminately targeted by Hamas rocket attacks;

    Whereas the United States and Israel have cooperated on missile defense projects, including Iron Dome, David’s Sling, and the Arrow Anti-Missile System, projects designed to thwart a diverse range of threats, including short-range missiles and rockets fired by non-state actors, such as Hamas;

    Whereas the United States has provided $235,000,000 in fiscal year 2014 for Iron Dome research, development, and production;

    Whereas, during the most recent rocket attacks from Gaza, Iron Dome has successfully intercepted dozens of rockets that were launched against Israeli population centers; and

    Whereas 5 million Israelis are currently living under the threat of rocket attacks from Gaza: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the House of Representatives—

(1) reaffirms its support for Israel’s right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel;

(2) condemns the unprovoked rocket fire at Israel; and

(3) calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel.



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