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GOP politicians react to attack on Israel, Dems go quiet



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After a barrage of rockets hit Jerusalem Monday, United States Congresspeople are calling for retribution against those behind the attacks. Hamas has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attacks.

Sen. Marco Rubio (R-FL) implied in a tweet that Iran should pay for its alleged relationship with Hamas. He called the group “Palestinian terrorists” and railed against Iran because it “continues to provide assistance to terrorists that attack our democratic ally.”

Former United Nations ambassador Nikki Haley blamed anti-Israel propaganda because it “stokes the flames.”

Rep. Betty McCollum (D-MN) tweeted out her opinion on the complicated issue, asking for an end to all violence. But she suggested the solution lies with Israel. “Peace and security will only be achieved by ending Israel’s military occupation,” she wrote.

Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) tweeted her thoughts during the clashes between Israeli police and Palestinian protestors Monday. But she has been silent on the attacks on Israel at the time of this report. Regarding the clashes at al-Aqsa, she tweeted that “Congress must condition the aid we send to Israel.”

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) also shared her opinion regarding the evictions of Palestinian families in the Sheikh Jarrah Sunday, but has no comment to share following the rockets hitting Israel.

Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-MD) although typically outspoken on Jerusalem issues, similarly had no statement at the time of this report. He called out the Biden administration over the East Jerusalem evictions, saying “this is not a moment for tepid statements.” But when it came to terrorist acts, Van Hollen didn’t even have a tepid statement of his own to give.

Israel has since retaliated, firing their own missiles at the Gaza strip.

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Islamic Jihad shows off ‘tunnel city’ for next attack on Israel



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Mohammed Raad, the head of the Hezbollah parliamentary bloc in the Lebanese parliament asked for a mere $9 billion to destroy Israel completely. “The resistance only needs $9 billion and there will be nothing left called Israel in the region” he said over the weekend.

Meanwhile, another terrorist organization shows how they too are planning to obliterate the state of Israel. Islamic Jihad gave a media tour in Gaza, where the terror group touted its offensive and defensive tunnel systems.

“In a ‘tunnel city’ under the sandy soils of southern Gaza, Palestinian terrorists are preparing for the next conflict with Israel, as tensions in Jerusalem threaten to escalate” reports the Times of Israel.

The underground tunnels “leave no trace on the surface” and entrances are “discreetly tucked into the foot of a small hill.” The tunnels are also “complete with electric lights, a ventilation system and telecoms cables, the tunnels also have small rooms for storing weapons and ammunition.”

Abu Hamza, Al-Quds Brigade spokesman of Islamic Jihad said “the tunnels have been repaired and the rocket stocks have been replenished” since last year’s war. He also thanked Iran for its support for helping to rebuild and replace its weapons cache.

Another source who asked not to be named, said the terror group has “a large number of offensive tunnels that stretch deep into [Israel] and are linked up to a system of drones.” He also said the group’s rockets are capable of reaching the whole of Israel.

“The rockets are on high alert and we’re waiting for the leadership to decide” said a gunman sitting close to one of the tunnel entrances with a group of gunmen under the trees.

Times of Israel reports on the latest tensions:

Weeks of deadly violence including a series of Palestinian terror attacks in Israel, Palestinian riots and a police crackdown around Jerusalem’s Temple Mount/Al-Aqsa Mosque, and stepped up IDF operations in the West Bank have prompted Islamic Jihad to threaten an escalation.

After two deadly attacks in Tel Aviv and Bnai Brak, the IDF carried out large-scale raids in the West Bank, notably the Jenin area from which the terrorists hailed.

Those operations sparked intense firefights which killed several fighters from Islamic Jihad, which is supported by Israel’s nemesis Iran.

And on Monday evening, a rocket was fired from Gaza into Israel, prompting an Israeli airstrike against a weapons factory.

No faction has yet claimed responsibility, but the incident — the first of its type since January — heightened fears of a further escalation.

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