Pelosi Statement on Gaza Violence
Contact: Ashley Etienne/Henry Connelly, 202-226-7616
Washington, D.C. – Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi released this statement on the outbreak of violence in Gaza:
“What should have been a beautiful and joyous commemoration of Israel’s 70th anniversary was marred by bloodshed. Today marks a deeply sad day for all who dream of a peaceful future for Israelis, Palestinians and the entire region.
“The heartbreaking violence on the Gaza border undermines our common goal of a lasting peace. Israel has a right to defend its borders, and Hamas’ encouragement of Palestinian border-crossing is deeply irresponsible and dangerous. At the same time, we hope Israel will use all appropriate restraint, as we urge both parties to move toward negotiations that will ensure the safety and well-being of both Israelis and Palestinians.
“The United States has long supported efforts to help Israeli and Palestinian leaders find a way toward a permanent two-state solution with two peoples living side-by-side in peace and security. It is profoundly disappointing that the Administration chose to undermine this goal. America must articulate serious and clear strategies that will lead the way to a lasting and just peace which infuse hope for the future.”
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