January 8th, 2009
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House to vote on resolution supporting Israel

Smoke rises in Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike Thursday.

Smoke rises in Gaza City after an Israeli airstrike Thursday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. House of Representatives will vote Friday on a resolution "recognizing Israel's right to defend itself against attacks from Gaza," Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced Thursday.

Introduced by Pelosi and House Minority Leader John Boehner, the nonbinding vote would come on the 14th day of an air and ground assault on the Palestinian territory. Israel says it is aimed at halting the firing of rockets into Israel by Hamas militants.

The resolution's language condemns Hamas, which Israel and the United States consider a terrorist organization, for the rocket attacks and "for deliberately embedding its fighters, leaders and weapons in private homes, schools, mosques, hospitals and otherwise using Palestinian civilians as human shields."

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  1. Woody

    why would congress support the palestinians? they dont have hundreds of billions of dollars.

    January 8, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  2. Matt

    They better not. Israel's excessive reactions have resulted in ridiculous and unnecessary loss of life. In the space of 2 weeks, they've killed 500+ palestinians...1/10 of the number of Americans that have died in Iraq in 7 YEARS...yet we yell and scream only about the lost American lives? Time for some equanimity here. Israelis steal Palestinian land that lies outside their border and we turn a blind eye. They blow up a school and we pasa a resolution supporting them? Israel doesn't let Palestinians who live in Israel vote, yet we claim we're proud we moved past that kind of discrimination with respect to our own society. I can't wait until Jan 20. I support the guy 100% but Obama's first true test is whether he will be tough with Israel or just let them continuie to get away with their consistent policy of escalation and eradication.

    January 8, 2009 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  3. ed howe

    support israel for killing 700 palestinians? total hypocrisy.

    January 8, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  4. boered1

    Hmmm shouldn't we take a poll to see if this is the way most Americans thiink? I know I DO NOT support this.

    Sarcasm aside I think this is wrong and sends the wrong signal if we are to try to work out a fair and equitable agreement between the two sides. the facts are there is enough blame on both sides in this matter and until we acknowledge that we can never aid them in moving forward.

    January 8, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  5. Naomi

    Why do we need a resolution? We already support Israel...what's this about?

    January 8, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  6. Everett Beights

    Reminds me of Richard Nixon's comment

    January 8, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  7. Rhino

    What an awful situation...this area will always be a ticking time bomb as long as these terrorists have no value for human life. Won't these people ever learn (our government included) that war is like divorce – nobody ever wins.

    January 8, 2009 06:33 pm at 6:33 pm |
  8. Nimi from NY

    Are these people crazy? How can they speak for the rest of the American people? Where is the voice of reason for those who don't support what Israel is doing to the people in Gaza? We elected Obama to help change American perception in the world and this is how we start? No life is worth more than the other. Someone should stand for the people in Gaza too. For Christ's sake the House should not do this.

    January 8, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  9. Sandra Crosnoe

    we seriously need to quit meddling – we are broke!

    January 8, 2009 06:40 pm at 6:40 pm |
  10. Ben

    Well said guys, I really apperciate your comments 100% true. Lots of people supported the jews for the hollocaust, we tought we had a lesson from the past, but unfortunetly no lesson was learned. it's about time to punsihed them severly.

    January 8, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  11. Ghandela

    What a shame! Don't these lawmakers think the Palestinian people and oppressed people all over the world deserve better than that? I will call my Congressman and ask that he vote against the resolution, as Israel keeps violating international law under the watch of our government. This is one of several reasons that explain the growth of anti-americanism around the world.

    January 8, 2009 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  12. Fredi

    I don't think such a one-sided resolution will help.
    It is true – as far as I know – that it is usually the "Palestinians" starting the violence (rockets, suicide attacks, etc.) – unfortunately it is also true that Israel's retaliation usually kills an average of 100 Palestinians for every dead Israeli – BOTH MUST BE CONDEMNED by an administration that wants to be taken seriously as a mediator.

    January 8, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  13. Irwin, Thousand Oaks, CA

    Another unbalanced resolution that does not serve the cause of peace. Of course Israel has the right to defend itself, but does it (and the U.S.) have the right to blocakade a democratically-elected government and then wreak such devastation on the country. Shame on the U.S. government for being so out-of-touch with the rest of the world and further diminishing its image.

    January 8, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  14. linda in AR

    Too bad that they are NOT voting on a resolution that demands an immediate cease fire with a mediated peaceful settlement including an end to blockades and Bremer Walls.

    Also, it is time for Israel to submit to open IAEA inspections and international non-proliferation agreements.

    This is not a demand for support of terrorists, it is a demand for fair play ending the environments that grow terrorists.

    January 8, 2009 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  15. Phoenix

    Typical foreign policy by Americans...Create terrorism by ignoring Israel's injustices towards others.

    January 8, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  16. Meka

    Keep giving Israel "UN-CONDITIONAL SUPPORT". You Idiots in Congress, HAVEN'T LEARNED ANYTHING.

    Israel has kept those people in Bondage, long enough. The Palesteinean People are DENIED HUMAN RIGHTS !

    America . . . where is your DEMORACY?

    January 8, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  17. Chris from NY

    I am really furious about this. Obama better tell Congress not to do this. It will not sit well with the rest of the world. Let America's voice be heard through the debate in the U.N. Let it be a policy issue and not drag all Americans into this because it will exactly be what the House will be doing if they vote on this. They will be representing the American people when some of us do not agree with what Israel is doing in Gaza.

    January 8, 2009 06:44 pm at 6:44 pm |
  18. Meka


    OUT OF 100 SENATORS . . . 22 ARE OVER THE AGE OF 70 !

    January 8, 2009 06:47 pm at 6:47 pm |
  19. MikeH

    Jon Stewart of the Daily Show, who is jewish, has also pointed out that while what HAMAS is doing needs to be stopped, Israel's policy of occupation land theft, and embargo should also be stopped.

    If the House is to draw up a resolution, it needs to address both wrongs. Otherwise it is just pandering to the Israeli lobby.

    January 8, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  20. Isaac

    Israel must be allowed to defend herself from Palestinian terrorists, period. I applaud the US Congress' sanctioning of Israel's actions.

    January 8, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  21. Jay form Jersey

    Support ISREAL???

    Let's support PEACE! on both ends!

    January 8, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  22. Karl

    Wait, who attacked who? I guess you all think Israel should ask Hamas politely to stop launching rockets at them. War sucks, but Israel is totally justified here.

    January 8, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  23. Kyle

    Wait...defend? I thought Isreal attacked Hamas?

    January 8, 2009 06:59 pm at 6:59 pm |
  24. Proud American

    I believe both are at fault.

    January 8, 2009 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  25. Sherrol in Canada

    And what will be Obama's stance once he's been sworn in? That will be of much interest.

    Why isn't the House addressing both sides? Hamas is said to be a terrorist organization, but in the eyes of the Palestinians and the rest of the world, Israel has also displayed alot of ill.

    January 8, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
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