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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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CIA director meets with Israeli PM to arouse regional support following drone attack

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By Jenny Goldsberry

Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns visited Israel Wednesday in an effort to rally regional support amidst attacks from Iran. Burns discussed possibilities for regional cooperation with Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.

Late July, drones struck an Israeli tanker off the coast of Oman. As a result, two crew members died. Since then, the United States blamed Tehran for the attack. Iranian officials deny their involvement.

At the time, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the White House was noticing a disturbing pattern. “We feel it follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior,” Psaki said. “And these actions also threaten freedom of navigation through crucial waterways — something that is posing a risk to a range of countries around the world.”
 
Therefore, the press secretary suggested that countries get involved. “You know, I would also note that we know our British partners have called for action, called for steps in a coordinated way from international bodies, including the United Nations, which we would certainly support,” Psaki said. Now, Burns’ visit symbolizes the United State following through on the White House’s comments.

According to a statement from Burns’ office, he met with Bennett after meeting with the head of Israel’s Mossad intelligency agency David Barnea. Burns met the Israeli leader in Tel-Aviv. “They discussed the situation in the Middle East, with emphasis on Iran, and possibilities for expanding and deepening regional cooperation,” the statement read.

Next, Burns will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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