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Senate Approves Resolution Backing Israel in Hamas Conflict

Discussion in 'U.S. Politics' started by Stalin, Jan 9, 2009.

  1. Stalin

    Stalin Active Member

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    100% support is the kind of backing that used to, and probably still does, attract criticsm from the "free" world about how politcal debate is stifled in countries such as North Korea and the former USSR.

    No comment here though; maybe some of our more fair-minded commentators can step up to the plate

    "..Jan. 8 (Bloomberg) -- The U.S. Senate unanimously approved a resolution expressing support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas, while the House of Representatives prepared to act on a similar measure tomorrow.

    Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, a Nevada Democrat, said the measure “expresses vigorous support” for Israel.

    “The Israelis have every right to defend themselves against these acts of terrorism,” said Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky.

    Israel is in its 13th day of military operations against the Islamic militant Hamas movement in the Gaza Strip in an effort to stop rocket attacks against southern Israeli towns.

    Reid and House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said they had personally spoken with Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert to express their support.

    “We support the state of Israel, very strongly as a national policy, because it is in our national interest to do so,” said Pelosi, a California Democrat. “We also defend any country’s right to defend itself.”

    Reid said the resolution recognizes Israel’s right to self- defense, calls on Hamas to end rocket attacks on Israel and says any cease-fire must be “durable, enforceable and sustainable.” He said it also calls for the protection of civilians as well as an end to “the Israeli-Palestinian conflict with a strong and secure Israeli living in peace with an independent Palestinian state.”

    “We all want a cease-fire, a real cease-fire on both sides,” Pelosi said.
     
  2. Sihouette

    Sihouette Active Member

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    Talk about speaking out of both sides of their mouths. Either Congress approves of the Israeli bombings or the cease-fire.

    Which is it?
     
  3. BigRob

    BigRob Well-Known Member

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    Except in those countries there actually is no "debate", whereas here there is plenty.

    Also, this resolution is nothing by symbolism. It changes nothing.
     
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    Don't worry, be happy. We have it on neocon authority that a stable, democratic Iraq is the key to peace in the middle east.
     
  5. Sihouette

    Sihouette Active Member

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    There's nothing to see here...move along...all is well...
    :rolleyes:
     
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