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United States Senate unanimously pass resolution supporting Israel’s ground war in Gaza

By Mason White 11:56 AM July 18, 2014
Israeli soldiers in Gaza 

By: Anika Rao
All members of the United States Senate, voted to support Israel’s ground war in Gaza.

Senators Bob Menendez, Democrat, New Jersey, and Lindsey Graham, Republican, South Carolina, authored S.Res. 498, which reaffirms support for Israel and condemns unprovoked rocket fire.

It also calls on Hamas to stop all rocket attacks against Israel.

“The U.S. Senate is in the camp of Israel,” Graham told the Senate on Thursday.

The adoption of the resolution came moments after Israel announced that it launched a ground offensive in the Gaza Strip, after a week of heavy rocket attacks from Hamas.

“Hamas must end its rocket and mortar attacks, and recognize Israel’s right to exist,” said Senator Ben Cardin, Democrat, Maryland. “Hamas cannot be allowed to continue their terrorist acts,” Cardin added.

Senator Rand Paul, Republican, Kentucky, supported the resolution, which was approved by a unanimous consent agreement.

He called on the Senate to pass his bill, S. 2265, that would end all U.S. foreign aid to the Palestinian Authority, until Hamas is no longer a part of the government.