Louisiana Governor Bobby Jindal, Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, and Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Vice Chairman of the Republican Governors Association, issued the following statement today in support of Israel:
“We express our strong and unwavering support for the State of Israel and its right to defend itself against Hamas’ senseless attacks. Israel is justified in not letting these attacks on their own soil go unnoticed.
Over the last 12 years, more than 12,000 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza by Hamas and other Palestinian terrorist groups. In just the last several days alone, more than 1,100 rockets have been fired into Israel from Gaza. According to reports, Iran has helped Hamas extend the range of their rockets which puts even more innocent Israelis at risk of attacks.
It’s time for these terrorists to end the attacks against the people of Israel, recognize Israel’s right to exist as a state and recognize previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements.
Until that happens though, Israel absolutely has a natural right to defend its people and borders and we stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the people of Israel during this difficult time.
We hope the President will continue to work with the international community to help de-escalate the attacks from Gaza, dismantle Hamas’ missile capability, and prevent Hamas from launching terrorist attacks on civilian targets in the future.
The bottom line is that we must continue to stand up for our friends who sit in one of the most dangerous parts of the world and who serve as a beacon of freedom and democracy.”