WASHINGTON, D.C. – The Jewish Policy Center unequivocally condemns the continued terrorist rocket fire against Israel and expresses solidarity with the Israeli people during this ongoing conflict. Over the past week, Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ) have fired almost 2,000 rockets at Israel. Each of these projectiles targets Israeli civilians and constitutes a war crime according to international law. A second war crime is committed by Hamas fighters locating themselves among Palestinian civilians. Israel has the right and responsibility—just like any nation—to defend itself against such indiscriminate attacks on its citizenry.
The protection afforded by Israel’s missile defense capability, developed with the support of the United States, helps to ensure the safety of the Israeli public. The U.S. should continue to stand with Israel, diplomatically and otherwise, as it continues to confront terrorism and defend its citizens.