June 01, 2018

Schiff Statement on Recent Terror Attacks by Hamas and Humanitarian Crisis in Gaza

Washington, DC – Today, Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA), Ranking Member of the House Intelligence Committee, released the following statement:

“Over the last several weeks, we have seen a devastating new spike of violence between Israelis and Palestinians. Earlier this week, Hamas launched another round of rocket fire at Israel, striking civilian areas and endangering lives. These terrorist attacks are outrageous and unacceptable, and Israel appropriately defended itself with airstrikes against militant targets in Gaza. I support Israel's absolute right to self-defense, and condemn these terrorist attacks by Hamas.

“Since it appears that a ceasefire brokered by Egypt is holding, it is time to take stock. The humanitarian situation in Gaza is dire and unsustainable, and I am concerned that it will erupt again into the same chaotic and violent protests which gripped Gaza earlier this month, in which more than fifty Palestinians were killed. Without a change of course that reenergizes the peace process, we will be doomed to this cycle of violence, reprisal and loss of life, to the terrible detriment of both Israelis and Palestinians.”