May 17, 2021

Young: “I Continue to Stand with Israel” in New Resolution

WASHINGTON –Today, U.S. Senators Todd Young (R-Ind.) and Rick Scott (R-Fla.), along with Senators Mike Braun (R-Ind.), John Barrasso (R-Wyo.), Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.), John Boozman (R-Ark.), Shelley Moore Capito (R-W.Va.), Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), Kevin Cramer (R-N.D.), Ted Cruz (R-Texas), Joni Ernst (R-Iowa), Josh Hawley (R-Mo.), John Hoeven (R-N.D.), John Kennedy (R-La.), Cynthia Lummis (R-Wyo.), Marco Rubio (R-Fla.), Thom Tillis (R-N.C.), and Tommy Tuberville(R-Ala.), announced a resolution condemning the attacks against Israel by Hamas, an Iranian-backed and funded terrorist organization, and reaffirming the United States’ unwavering commitment to our ally Israel and its right to take whatever means are necessary to stop the murder of its citizens and foreign nationals residing in Israel. 


Senator Young joined his colleagues in introducing the resolution and asking for the Senate’s unanimous consent to pass it later this week. This resolution is endorsed by the Republican Jewish Coalition and the Zionist Organization of America. 


“Israel has the right to defend itself from Hamas’ terror attacks. I continue to stand with Israel, and I’m hopeful that Israel’s actions will neutralize Hamas’ rocket attacks and cease their terrorism of the people of Israel. Just eight months ago, unprecedented peace was breaking out in the Middle East. The regime in Iran was nearing financial collapse and the historic Abraham Accords were paving the way for prosperity. We must act now to help restore peace in the region by cutting off those in Iran who funnel support to their terrorist proxy forces in Gaza,” said Senator Young.


“For decades, the people of Israel have endured unyielding attacks from terrorist groups, like Hamas, who wish to destroy the Jewish state and its people. Now, as thousands of rockets rain down, our resolve to stand with Israel must be stronger than ever. I want to be clear: no country, certainly not the United States, would tolerate attacks like these and not take whatever action is necessary to end them. As our great ally and the only shining example of democracy in the Middle East, Israel deserves our full support. The anti-Israel attacks and agenda I’ve seen pushed by supposed ‘leaders’ like AOC and Senator Bernie Sanders are disgusting and antithetical to American ideals. Let’s remember what we are witnessing: these are terrorists ruthlessly attacking an ally. Defense of these terrorists is unthinkable. Acts of aggression toward Israel will never be tolerated. I’m proud to lead a resolution reaffirming the United States’ full and unapologetic support for Israel as it defends its citizens from these reprehensible attacks. It’s time for President Biden to stop cowering to the anti-Israel radical left and remind these terrorists and the world of the United States’ strong and unwavering support of the Israeli people,” said Senator Rick Scott.


Republican Jewish Coalition (RJC) Executive Director Matt Brooks said,“At this moment of peril for Israel, it is so important that Congress send a strong message of solidarity. Thanks to Senator Scott and to all the Senators who have cosponsored his resolution for standing with Israel.”

Zionist Organization of America (ZOA) National President Morton Klein said,“ZOA strongly supports Sen. Rick Scott’s resolution, and urges all senators to cosponsor this important expression of the will of the senate. It is particularly important that the senate speak with a bipartisan voice in supporting Israel. The resolution appropriately keeps the focus on the aggressive actions of the terrorist organization Hamas, and fully supports the right of Israel to defend itself.”


To view the full resolution, click here.