American politicians and organizations, both conservative and liberal, reacted Monday to the latest round of escalation in the Middle East in which the Palestinian Islamic Jihad fired over 100 rockets at Israel during a 24-hour period.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) re-tweeted a report about a rocket that hit the city of Sderot and landed next to a children’s playground, commenting: “This is wrong. This is cowardly. This is disgusting. This is something every single one of my colleagues in Congress should be able to agree upon – that Israeli children should not have to live their lives in fear of terrorist rockets raining down on them.”
This is wrong. This is cowardly. This is disgusting.
This is something every single one of my colleagues in Congress should be able to agree upon — that Israeli children should not have to live their lives in fear of terrorist rockets raining down on them. https://t.co/9Xrknq09eR
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) February 24, 2020
Congressman Ted Deutch (D-Florida 22), Chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee on the Middle East, said in a statement: “Israelis and Palestinians do have the right to live in peace and security. The rocket attacks from Palestinian Islamic Jihad against Israel threaten the security of innocent Israelis and Palestinians. I strongly condemn these ongoing attacks.”
Throughout the barrage of attacks, the Israeli Defense Forces has been updating the world on the situation on the ground.
80+ rockets have been fired at Israel since yesterday.
Here’s what’s been happening: pic.twitter.com/hyNfmvANHJ
— Israel Defense Forces (@IDF) February 24, 2020
The following Tweet contains a video of a rocket landing in Sderot. Aside from Sderot, the rockets were launched towards the Gaza border area in western Israel, as well as near the cities of Ashkelon (between Gaza and Tel-Aviv) and Netivot (Southern Israel).
الاعلام العبري ينشر فيديو للحظة سقوط صاروخ في مستوطنة سديروت القريبة من قطاع غزة pic.twitter.com/fNsmA8lEyJ
— وكالة شهاب (@ShehabAgency) February 24, 2020
The Anti-Defamation League issued a statement as well. “We are deeply concerned by dozens of rockets fired by Palestinian Islamic Jihad from Gaza at southern Israeli cities and towns,” the organization tweeted. “Our thoughts are with those under attack, and we hope the situation de-escalates quickly.”
Even the left-wing, progressive Jewish group J Street reacted to the attacks, saying in a statement that the organization is “deeply concerned by the latest fighting between Israel and the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), which over the past 24 hours has launched a barrage of rocket attacks toward the Israeli South – while Israeli forces have responded with air strikes in the Gaza Strip and Syria. We are deeply worried about the well-being of the Israeli communities that are now living under imminent risk from rockets and other threats, and we strongly support Israel’s right to defend itself and its people against acts of terror.”
Meanwhile, Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, who is in the midst of a re-election campaign, took to Twitter Tuesday night to brief the Israeli people on what the IDF’s response would entail.
אתמול תקפנו בכמה זירות – תקפנו בסוריה, תקפנו בעזה, ואנחנו מוסיפים להכות עכשיו עם מטוסים, טנקים ומסוקים.
אנחנו נמשיך להכות עד שיושב השקט. יש לי מסר לראשי ארגוני הטרור: אם לא יושב השקט – אתם הבאים בתור. pic.twitter.com/LqVnR7YozX
— Benjamin Netanyahu (@netanyahu) February 24, 2020
“We will continue to strike until the silence sits,” Netanyahu tweeted in Hebrew. “I have a message to the leaders of the terrorist organizations: If you do not sit still – you are next in line.”
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