Conference of Presidents Statement of Solidarity with Israel’s Citizens

New York, NY

Arthur Stark, Chairman and Malcolm Hoenlein, Executive Vice Chairman/CEO of the Conference of Presidents of Major American Jewish Organizations issued the following statement:

We express solidarity with the people of the State of Israel who have been consistently terrorized by the rocket and mortar attacks, incendiary balloons, and border infiltrations carried out by members of Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza. Since May 2018, nearly 650 rockets have been fired from the Gaza Strip targeting Israeli population centers, and, in the last 24 hours alone, over 150 rockets have been launched, representing only the latest examples of violence in Hamas’ violations of international law, civic and human rights.

We support the measures taken by the government of Israel to protect and defend civilian lives, and hope that its actions will bring about a swift end to these indiscriminate attacks. No country would or should put up with these violations of its territorial integrity or security of its citizens. We look forward to the day when the residents of Israel’s south can live in peace and without constant threat.

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