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. Will, NJ

    Here's an idea, why not let Israel fight it's wars if they're going to start them?

    January 8, 2009 07:04 pm at 7:04 pm |
  2. Reg

    Guess what folks let me tell you what the fighting all about! Not to mention how the Europeans poked an eye out when dividing Israel /
    Palestine and Africa to the NONSENSE we have today!

    For starters:
    There's Natural Gas found just outside of Gaza in the Mediterranean
    Sea. The folks in Gaza want more revenue from the find , but Israel
    doesn't want Hamas to receive the cash. The Brit's & Abbas are
    struggling to work with Hamas / Israel on this revenue issue.

    Yes, where there's Natural Resources you'll find "Testosterone
    and War" everyday! Oh yeah I almost forgot "Who's God is Better"!
    Pathetic! Stop Israel & stop Hamas!

    Obama needs to start building schools,hospitals, and other hearts
    & minds realities. Get the hell out of Afghanistan with bombs, but
    stay in a way to get the poppy from being their GDP! Duh!

    January 8, 2009 07:10 pm at 7:10 pm |
  3. Bill

    Did anyone ever think that if we, the United States, just left Israel alone and stopped supporting them, that maybe we wouldn't have so many problems with the Middle East? A resolution stating Israel has a right to defend itself is the dumbest thing I ever heard. They are the ones that started the attack!

    January 8, 2009 07:13 pm at 7:13 pm |
  4. Jimmy from California

    1) I fail to understand why we force all other countries to follow UN resolutionhs but make an exception in case of Israel
    2) I fail to understand why Israel is always right even if they are wrong
    3) I fail to understand why we are spending billions of $$$ of our Tax payers money to Israel – what are we getting back? and this billions of $$ we dont have and need to borrow.
    4) I fail to understand why we Americans need to create Arab enemies (called "terrorists"), by supporting Israel's disproportional use of force

    A NEW VISION IS NEEDED

    January 8, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  5. Reg

    Woody what planet are you on? Israel are the "Chosen People"
    of Judea / Christian beliefs! They get the Lions share of everything!

    So YES Congress should openly start supporting the PALENSTINIANS as well as the Chosen Folks!

    January 8, 2009 07:16 pm at 7:16 pm |
  6. Samuel

    IN GOD WE TRUST – just stand up and say the truth – say that what Israel does is genocite and must stop. NO repeat of Rwanda in GAZA please!!!!!

    January 8, 2009 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  7. Matthew

    Hamas strores weapons in schools, hospitals and mosques. They use women and children as human shields. Israel is not to blame here. Hamas is. They will never except Israel and they are willing to use their own women and children as means to their sick end.

    January 8, 2009 07:22 pm at 7:22 pm |
  8. Pat Omaha, NE

    Well said, Woody!

    These nations have been enemies for year! Supporting Israel shows ignorance of the situation....deep, deep courage and patience is needed.
    Get the mothers of the dead children together to get a cease-fire and begin the process of peace!

    January 8, 2009 07:23 pm at 7:23 pm |
  9. Victoria

    This is rediculously sad. Why must we always take Israel's side? Why do we condemn Hamas when the people there VOTED for Hamas democratically? Aren't we the democracy pushers? We can't complain when we don't like the outcome of an election. Does anyone know about the blockade that went on weeks and spurred Hamas to launch rockets (that didn't kill anyone)? Then Israel defends itself by slaughtering Gazan civilians? This makes me sick!!

    January 8, 2009 07:25 pm at 7:25 pm |
  10. Tariq

    Israel has a right to defend itself...no one disputes that. But when you are killing over 500 innocent civilians, they cross the line into recklessness and waging an irresponsible war. If the 5 Israeli lives lost justify the war, surely the 500 innocent lives lost as collateral damage demand you re-consider that justification.

    January 8, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  11. mark l holland

    No one has yet explained why Israel has a right to exist. If someone comes into my home at gun point and chases me out of my house and claims it as their house. Do they have the right to exist in my house for all of eternity.

    I would say no.

    January 8, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  12. fred

    to all of you who are holding up peace signs and saying war is evil. You are right, war is bad. However, Hamas does not recognize Israel, and Israel, since it "does not exist" according to Hamas, should just destroy Hamas, and there would be absolutely nothing wrong with it, because "nothing" destroyed Hamas lol. In all seriousness, Israel has every right in the world to defend itself. And defending is not good enough. It must show how strong it is to make sure Hamas knows it's not just dealing with some tiny group of people. Israel is for real! Go Israel!!!! :)

    January 8, 2009 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  13. Joyce

    Congress should not make any resolution. Israel is just as much to blame for the sad events in Gaza as are the Palestinians. Shame on all of them.

    January 8, 2009 07:28 pm at 7:28 pm |
  14. Sceptic

    WHAT? Have they lost it? Why is a resolution needed with the verbiage that they support Israel. Woaaaaaaav. 1) As if that's not blatantly obvious, come on. And 2) what is the purpose? to provoke the people of Gaza and the International community?

    SIGH Maybe its not enough to get rid of Bush and Co......

    January 8, 2009 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  15. fred

    All you libs who think peace treaties are easy with Hamas have no clue. Hamas hates Israel, and their goal is ultimately to wipe out Israel. Hamas's idea of a peace treaty is not a cease-fire. It is, "we'll stop shooting rockets at you if you give us the land where we're shooting them." The only way to create a cease-fire is if Hamas "gives up" whatever its goal in this is. And Israel might need to send Hamas some wake-up calls before Hamas realizes that it is weak compared to Israel. All you people who think peace treaties are soo easy, you all need to get your brains screwed on a little tigher.

    January 8, 2009 07:33 pm at 7:33 pm |
  16. Ted:Canada

    Obama – stay out of the resolution – it is political suicide and will hamper your efforts to promote peace...

    terroirst will use it to promote more terrorism...and the US somewhere will pay the price – don't fall into the Bush's political mistakes

    best to you!

    January 8, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  17. Larry

    What ever happened to the idea of a Palestinian state? Bush made that a priority for 2005. Are they also allowed to defend themselves, or just Israel?

    January 8, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  18. Scott L

    I suppose Obama will vote PRESENT since he is still a Senator.

    January 8, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Emilio Parzini

    Lovely! Lovely! What else !!!!!! Were we expecting something else than this usual "resolution?" The "seeker" of the motion is a Jew and the voters are Jews. What else could be expected?

    There was a scuffle. The dead body lay surrounded. The Town's Police Chief was there (A Jew), The Medical Inspector was there (A Jew), the Ambulance chief was there (AJew), The Distric Att. was there (A Jew) and the driver ( a Hispanic) was there. The body belonged to an Indo-European man.

    January 8, 2009 07:35 pm at 7:35 pm |
  20. FrankNStein

    This citizen will fully support the Palestinians, who are all terrorists, if just ONE of my fellow American's immediately returns his or her illegally-occupied land to the Native Americans from whom it was stolen.

    Since we all know that will not happen, Israel should go ALL-OUT. If it's their very existence they fight for, what have they got to lose?

    If my father had not killed German civilians while they put us in ovens, I would be a bar of soap.

    Any proper action Israel takes to defend itself will be criticized by the ignorant hypocrites.

    God speed, Nation of Israel.

    January 8, 2009 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  21. Reggie

    Israel knows where Hamas has stashed their weapons, so why not send their special forces troops, (they have some of the best in the world), and covertly destroy the munitions and rocket launchers? This would be much better than shelling schools, hospitals, etc., out of principle.

    Hamas needs to stop picking fights with the biggest kid on the block and then crying about it when they get their teeth kicked in.

    America needs to help END he fight instead of cheering for the bigger kid.

    January 8, 2009 07:38 pm at 7:38 pm |
  22. the truth

    Shame on Israel and shame on the American Government for supporting the baby killer Israel hypocrite America right away they criticise Russia when the were attacking Georgia how come they are not saying anything to Israel those innocent kids have nothing to do with Hamas why are they killing the kids? and why is America supporting this terrorist action by the Israelis shame on you ISRAEL I lost all the respect towards terrrost country ISRAEL. CNN you better post this.

    January 8, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  23. J in NJ

    I just wrote to my representative demanding the he support this resolution.

    Let's get a few things straight. Palestinians=Syrians. "It is common knowledge that Palestine is nothing but southern Syria." — Ahmed Shukairy, United Nations Security Council, 1956. There is not and never has been a "Palestinian State", Palestine is a geographical reference.

    Pre 1948 a few jews were sprinkled here and there in the area but they purchased land and began turning desert into fertile land. In 1948 when the UN created the "Jewish State" they also set aside land for the Palestinians. Funny how their arab brethern, Jordan & Egypt, annexed the west bank and gaza and told the palestinians they were not setting up shop in either area.

    We can go on for days with who did what, ultimately you come to the same conclusion: both sides, since the creation of the "jewish state", always point to the other's bad behavior to justify thheir own bad behavior. The bottom line is this: until both the palestinians & jews agree that the price they pay to live peacefully side by side is exponentially lower than the price they are paying now neither will live in peace.

    January 8, 2009 07:40 pm at 7:40 pm |
  24. Student

    Does fighting an enemy using civilians as human shields mean you can kill civilians? No.

    If Congress had a real backbone they would stay the heck out of it and condemn BOTH sides for the stupidity of this conflict. "non-binding resolution!" What is the point? To inflame the Arab nations that may still be loosely allied with us?

    Enough of Israel highjacking our leadership. The will of the people is not reflected in our leadership when 50% of Americans do NOT believe in 100% no questions asked support of Israel. American Congressmen.women are sheep.

    January 8, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  25. McBush / Palin

    that is just SAD...

    January 8, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
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