WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Jewish Policy Center unequivocally condemns the ongoing rocket fire against Israel and expresses solidarity with the Israeli government and the Israeli people during this time of war. Over the past month, Hamas, considered a terrorist organization by the United States, Canada, and the European Union, has fired over 400 rockets at Israel, each of which constitutes a war crime according to international law. Israel has the right and responsibility—just like any state—to defend itself against such indiscriminate attacks on its citizenry.
The protection afforded by Israel’s missile defense capability and the strong civil defense program helps to ensure the safety of the Israeli public – Arabs and Jews – but it does not change the base criminal nature of the attacks against them. We are awed by the bravery of the Israeli public as they shelter themselves and their families, reminiscent of the calm bravery of the British home front during the Blitz. And as the British government of Winston Churchill protected and defended Great Britain, we believe Israel will rise to meet the current threat and protect and defend its citizens.