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Friday, November 16, 2012

Senate Passes Resolution By Unanimous Consent Supporting Israel's Strikes On Gaza

By Susan Duclos

Finally the Senate does something right, and in a bipartisan manner, by passing a resolution last night, by unanimous consent, supporting Israels right to defend itself against constant rocket attacks by Hamas from Gaza.

S.Res.599 expresses “vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognizing and strongly supporting its right to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism.”

The strikes by Israel on Gaza have set off protests in Egypt, as well as warnings of escalating violence.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) introduced the Senate resolution Thursday.

“We strongly reiterate our support for Israel’s right to self-defense as a barrage of missiles from Gaza are attacking the people of Israel and endangering innocent lives,” Gillibrand said. “The passage of this Senate resolution clearly expresses the United States’ unwavering commitment to the security of our nation’s close and historic ally in the Middle East. We firmly stand united with Israel against terrorism.”

Passed/agreed to in Senate. Status: Submitted in the Senate, considered, and agreed to without amendment and with a preamble by Unanimous Consent. (Source)

The resolution had 65 cosponsors.

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In the meantime, an Anti-Israel, Anti-America protest is being held outside Obama's Chicago headquarters.


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