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. justin

    ...This is exactly the kind of US Foreign policy, that increases the chances another 9/11 happening in US and poor american civilians pay the price. The helpless and tired people of Palestine with no one to support them and look to them, become suicide bombers, when all doors closed on them, that becomes the only option to retaliate. Ultimately, it is these policies that create the very terrorism thats on everyone's mind to be eradicated. Very Unfortunate.

    January 8, 2009 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. Sue

    Sounds like most of you didn't tune in until the part where Israel fought back - and completely missed the part where Hamas attacked Israel with rockets (and continued attacking even after Israel warned it would retaliate if Hamas didn't stop.)

    January 8, 2009 09:39 pm at 9:39 pm |
  3. Alan

    Oops, sorry CNN . . .

    January 8, 2009 09:44 pm at 9:44 pm |
  4. Billiam

    You take my house. Lock in the garage, and when I need anything I have to ask you for it. You even change the name of my house from Palestine to Israel.
    I'm fighting for the freedom of my family, and you call me a terrorist.
    I call Hamas freedom fighters.
    If you don't want rockets fired at you, give me back my land and my right to self-determination.

    January 8, 2009 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
  5. Daryl from Seattle

    My God, is that what you call what Israel is doing?? Defending itself?? It's like watching a bully beat up on a helpless little kid and use the defense excuse. Give me a break. Israel is the closest thing to Nazi's the world has right about now. Nazis with America weaponry.

    January 8, 2009 09:48 pm at 9:48 pm |
  6. Peter

    Time after time, Israel commits war crimes with overt and tacit approval from the US administration.

    When are we going to see those responsible in the International Court in the Hague?

    January 8, 2009 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Ted:Canada

    Nancy – you are making a big mistake and will hurt future efforts to reduce terrorist recruiting

    The US should condem all killing!

    Taking "one side" is only making you and the US a target

    The best way to defeat the terrorist is to make it hard for them to recruit. You have to win the heads and the hearts of the people.

    Just look at all the past resolutions of this sort – what did accomplish?

    Nothing! but more hatred!

    DO NOT REPEAT what the Republicans have done

    Think about it!

    Best wishes!

    January 8, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  8. Randolph

    While I have a lot of "spiritual" respect for Israel, I also believe that such resolution is unnecessary and provocative. I don't really see its positive impact in American politic. However, I could imagine its negative impact in our war against terrorism, which Obama administration plans to conduct with diplomacy.
    It is OK to support Israel in some circumstances, but supporting Israel so openly in this particular situation is careless and not diplomatically correct. Speaker Pelosi should know that Arabs people feel so humiliated and insulted right now. Such resolution could give extremist and terrorist groups good argument for recruiting terrorists in the name of Jihad in order attack us. We don't need it.
    It could also show disrespect and disregard to arab lives. I am not sure that it helps Israel either if every one starts showing its support so openly.
    The most problem in this resolution is that it doesn't help Obama administration in its foreign policy. Speaker Pelosi should know it. Unless, it is just one of the conspiracies against Obama administration

    January 8, 2009 09:53 pm at 9:53 pm |
  9. Chris in Va.

    Why does our country go out of it's way to support Israel? What have they ever done for us except provide a tax shelter for Jewish Americans who claim duel citizenship? The only thing I see that they have done is put an Arab knife to our throats.

    Time to cut the apron strings and tell them "you're on your own".
    We have our own house to get in order.

    January 8, 2009 10:01 pm at 10:01 pm |
  10. hana

    shame on you Isreal killing 700+innocent women and kids.
    shame shame shame on you.

    January 8, 2009 10:03 pm at 10:03 pm |
  11. Zak

    Guys, you got the wrong Anology. get it right!
    this not about Mexico tossing rocket toward Texas.
    this about a terrorist state supported by the the west snatching the land from the native people (Palitsinians) kicking them from the land importing jews from all over the world like Russia and Ethipia, because they are entitled to the land given to them By GOD.
    then slaughtering them, humiliating them, putting them under siege, so there's no food no water, no electricity, people starving to death beacuse of of an embargo that lasted almost for two years.
    that last episode in 2009 version of Israeli Holocaust with the help of american tax payers, killing the defenseless women and children using bomb from the air, ground, and sea.
    Wake up America, call your representatives in the congress tell them to oppose thess blatant injustices. if there's God forbid a second 911 happens, we will be again asking : why they hate us, well the answer:
    becuase we're supporing a TERRORIST STATE KILLING THEM, giving Israel green light to kill, rape, invade, starve to death, humilite shield Israel from criticism in the UN, and giving ISRAEL money and arm to execute their EVIL plan. this as simple as this THAT WHY THEY HATE US.
    tell the congress to focus on our problems home. Like Madoff and Issue and the like.

    January 8, 2009 10:08 pm at 10:08 pm |
  12. Peace

    Alan, Texas Teacher et al.

    You make this conflict seem very straight-forward and simple with your comparisons. However, I beg to differ. There is nothing simple about this conflict which goes back thousands of years. Do you get that?

    In danger of continuing the simplification consider that both peoples have ancient bonds to the land. That Israel as you know it today was created by the world community as an afterthought of the terrors of World War II. In the years it has gone back and forth. Most of the people in Gaza alive today have known nothing but war and killings and utter suppression – they have grown up with Israel moving in with illegal settlements. As the Israelis have suffered from hatred for so long. This is not a matter of self defense!

    January 8, 2009 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  13. Melissa B ~ California

    The Jewish people came from the holy land, fought to defend there claim in the holy land, where destroyed by their enemies, including the Romans and the Muslims, and were scattered from their homeland to the ends of the known world. They were persecuted by the early Christians and later the Nazis in Germany, then decided to return to their place of origin, where they are now persecuted by the Islamic world, short-sighted Americans and others, including Hamas.
    The jewish people have suffered more than any people in history, and now for others–with good intentions–who claim the Israelis are just murderering bullys is an outrage to all sensible people in the world who also want to see a peaceful solution for all the people in the middle-east.

    January 8, 2009 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  14. evangelos pappas

    On 09-11-2001 when the Palestinians heard about the twin towers they celebrated.If all you Jew haters think these people care about innocent lives you are as naive as they come.Israel is doing what it has to do to defend itself and I hope it continues to do so because she not only hated by most Muslims but a good number of infidels.

    January 8, 2009 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    plz to anyone don't say we want helb israel , they killed many of victiom from palastine , they women , childern, teens, they must live in agood life and healthy no in war i would say to israil (israil go to hill &shame on you that happend in palastine)

    June 2, 2010 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  16. اdina ‎

    shame on israel , we shouldn't support them about anything exebt they leave and keeb away from palastinian , israel killed women, kids that main one thing israel (terriost) they shotting to kill avictom .

    June 2, 2010 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
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