Friday, July 11, 2014, New York, NY… Leaders of the Conference of Presidents today praised members of the House of Representatives for unanimously passing a resolution introduced by Representatives Steve Israel and Tom Cole that expressed the “sense of the House of Representatives” reaffirming its support for Israel’s right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel; condemning the unprovoked rocket fire at Israel; calling on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel.
“This reaffirmation of support, and the Senate equivalent which is expected in the coming days, offers important reassurances to the people and government of Israel,” said Robert G. Sugarman, Chairman, and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman, of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations. The members of the House noted that since Israel withdrew from Gaza in 2005, Hamas and other terrorist groups have fired thousands of rockets at Israel. It notes that Hamas, which was designated by the United States as a terrorist organization, has long received assistance from Iran. The resolution also notes the danger posed to Israel’s civilian population, which is indiscriminately targeted by Hamas attacks. The members of the House further recognized the vital role played by the jointly developed US-Israel missile defense systems, especially Iron Dome, which destroyed rockets that threatened civilian populations.
“Coming after another day of unrelenting rocket fire from Gaza, this statement will be especially meaningful and significant to the people of Israel. The longstanding special relationship between Israel and the United States has never been more important as the two countries face common enemies and threats to their security,” said Hoenlein and Sugarman.
The Conference of Presidents is the central coordinating body representing 50 national Jewish organizations on issues of national and international concern.