Rep. Langevin Statement on Recent Events in Israel

May 14, 2021 Issues: Armed Services

Congressman Jim Langevin (D-RI) released the following statement regarding recent events in Israel:

“Once again, violence has tragically erupted in Israel, as Hamas terrorists continue to indiscriminately fire thousands of rockets into Israel. Targeting civilian populations is unacceptable, and I fully support Israel’s right to defend itself from these violent attacks. So long as Hamas continues its assault, innocent Palestinians and Israelis will sadly pay the price.

“Likewise, I’m deeply concerned about recent flareups in Jerusalem, and the role of social media in spreading misinformation and stoking civil unrest.

“I urge all parties to work towards an immediate ceasefire. I am grateful that President Biden and Secretary Blinken are working around the clock to prevent the situation from deteriorating further. As the President said mere days into his term ‘America is back. Diplomacy is back at the center of our foreign policy.’ It’s about time.

“I condemn and mourn the renewed violence in Israel, and my heart goes out to the Israelis and Palestinians who have lost loved ones in the latest cycle of violence and to those who continue to live in fear of what comes next.”