All politics isn’t local. We’ve had a Malaysian 777 apparently shot down over Ukraine today, and Israeli forces have begun a ground operation in Gaza after a couple of weeks of rocket attacks. Consider this an open thread to discuss all things of foreign policy, domestic politics, and anything political but not #gapol. Also, consider this a reminder that all politics isn’t just consultants battling each other over sound bites. Elections, and actions of governments, matter.
To get you started, we’ll have a note from Congressman Westmoreland about Israel after the jump.
Westmoreland: I Stand With Israel
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On July 11, 2014, the U. S. House of Representatives passed H. Res. 657, a resolution condemning the acts of terrorism against Israel by Hamas and pledges support as they defend their Jewish state. The resolution passed by unanimous consent with Congressman Westmoreland’s full support. Below is Congressman Westmoreland’s statement.
“The unprovoked acts of terrorism by Hamas and Gaza terrorists against Israel must stop. That’s why I pledged my support for the self-defense of one of our nation’s closest allies: Israel. H. Res. 657 specifically reaffirms the U.S. House of Representatives support for Israel’s right to defend its citizens in order to ensure the survival of the State of Israel, condemns the unprovoked rocket fire at Israel, and calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel.
“Currently, Hamas refuses to agree to a cease-fire and is relentlessly firing rockets at Israel – hurting innocent people, forcing Israel to fight back to protect their civilians. When these terrorists refuse to work with diplomatic solutions, the Israelis have the right to exercise self-defense — that’s why I stand with Israel.”