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BiPartisan U.S. Effort to Ensure Hamas Disarmed Before Ceasefire

Senators wrote to Obama insisting any ceasefire ensures Israel will be free from Gazan terrorism, and refused to equate Israel's military efforts with Hamas terrorism.
New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D)

New York Senator Chuck Schumer (D)
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Three U.S. senators wrote a letter to President Barack Obama urging him to ensure that any ceasefire promoted by the U.S. must eliminate the ability of Hamas to continue terrorizing Israel.

New York’s senior senator Charles Schumer (D-NY), along with Delaware’s Senator Ben Cardin (D) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-N.C.) pointed out that it would be of no utility to impose a ceasefire until Israeli citizens can be assured that they will not continue living under a constant threat.

Unlike many public statement emanating from Washington, D.C., these three senators did not equate Israel’s killing of civilians, with the targeting of civilians by Hamas.

The three senators wrote that Israel’s military has taken “great pains to avoid unnecessary civilian casualties.” Whereas the rockets launched by Hamas “have only one purpose: to kill as many innocent Israelis as possible.”

“Any cease fire should create a situation in which Israeli citizens no longer face the threat of brazen terrorist attacks,” said the senators.

“Israeli citizens have faced over 1800 rocket launches from Hamas since June.  While Iron Dome has saved countless lives, over five million Israelis live in fear of incoming rockets fired indiscriminately from Gaza.  Twenty-eight tunnels have been discovered by the IDF since the ground operation in Gaza began.  Israel has an absolute right to defend its citizens and ensure the survival of the State of Israel.

“The threats posed by Hamas rockets and tunnels whose only purpose is to kill and kidnap Israelis are intolerable, and Israel must be allowed to take any actions necessary to remove those threats.  Any effort to broker a ceasefire agreement that does not eliminate those threats cannot be sustained in the long run and will leave Israel vulnerable to future attacks.”

It is not  known whether the senators intend to introduce a resolution into congress so that the message would have a little more bite than simply a letter. A resolution does not have the effect of law, it is merely an expression of the sentiment of congress, but it would require other legislators to take a position.

About the Author: Lori Lowenthal Marcus is the US correspondent for The Jewish Press. She is a recovered lawyer who previously practiced First Amendment law and taught in Philadelphia-area graduate and law schools.


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61 Responses to “BiPartisan U.S. Effort to Ensure Hamas Disarmed Before Ceasefire”

  1. liquidate the terrorist hamas cowards hiding in bunkers, and destroy all of their missiles and launchers and missile making equipment.

  2. liquidate the terrorist hamas cowards hiding in bunkers, and destroy all of their missiles and launchers and missile making equipment.

  3. Thank you to the senators for telling the truth. We will never hear the truth from the president or mr Kerry. Thank you for standing with Israel

  4. Vicente Vera says:

    Of course, first stop Hamas terrorist

  5. Gene Strong says:

    Muzzies will be pissing themselves over this….Boo Hoo. Big Bad Jew was mean to me..

  6. Gene Strong says:

    Muzzies will be pissing themselves over this….Boo Hoo. Big Bad Jew was mean to me..

  7. Mike Burke says:

    Stupid fool…Hamas is storing and firing missiles abd mortars from schools, with UNWRA complicity, and it has been demonstrated that HAMAS stopped evacuations both from schools and to the border crossings. They are not even allowing journalists to leave.

    And in a time of war, which Gazans have brought on themselves, Israel is IN NO WAY liable to receive Gazans across its borders!

    Now go bitch to Egypt, which is keeping Rafah closed for the same reasons!

  8. Mike Burke says:

    Stupid fool…Hamas is storing and firing missiles abd mortars from schools, with UNWRA complicity, and it has been demonstrated that HAMAS stopped evacuations both from schools and to the border crossings. They are not even allowing journalists to leave.

    And in a time of war, which Gazans have brought on themselves, Israel is IN NO WAY liable to receive Gazans across its borders!

    Now go bitch to Egypt, which is keeping Rafah closed for the same reasons!

  9. Mike Burke says:

    Hamas and the Gazan Arabs will pay FIRST.

  10. Mike Burke says:

    Natives? LOL…they are from Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia! hahahahahaha!

  11. Mike Burke says:

    Natives? LOL…they are from Syria, Egypt and Saudi Arabia! hahahahahaha!

  12. Mike Burke says:

    Then there is no other option than to kill off idiots like you who will continue to attack us, isn’t there?

  13. Mike Burke says:

    Then there is no other option than to kill off idiots like you who will continue to attack us, isn’t there?

  14. Blahhhh … #HamasPropaganda

  15. Blahhhh … #HamasPropaganda

  16. Izik Izik says:

    Why hamASS hides in the hospitals. You Hide we find you we kill you. You dont like living in my country Israel your welcome to get **** out at anytime. Israel belongs to Jews not cockroaches. We see moslem arab cockroach we step on it. Now piss off

  17. @Ali Haider what do you about the history of Israel and palestine?
    Dont just open your gutter mouth and talk rubbish of what you dont know the Genesis of it b4 d WRATH YHWE will rain upon you and your generation.

  18. news flash marryam and ali. Hamas terrorist use the palestinians as humas shields. they are lieing to you. The receive money and pocket it. They won’t help you.

  19. news flash marryam and ali. Hamas terrorist use the palestinians as humas shields. they are lieing to you. The receive money and pocket it. They won’t help you.

  20. Uhhh they arent using them as shields. Ok tell me this .. Why arent the israelis letting gaza innocent civilians leave gaza thru the border!? They told them to leave but yet are controllinf the border? Why?

  21. Israel thwarts the rockets that are shot at them, whereas hamas uses women and children as shields and uses them as human sucide bombs. Do you support this? Israel has tried to help you people but people were ordered back by hamus and they went back; it was so they could be used as human shields. Do you want anyone in your family in one of those belts?

  22. To all Jewish haters out there. God said in the Torah, “Genesis 12:2-3And I will make of thee a great nation, and I will bless thee, and make thy name great; and thou shalt be a blessing:

    And I will bless them that bless thee, and curse him that curseth thee: and in thee shall all families of the earth be blessed. Fear thou not; for I am with thee: be not dismayed; for I am thy God: I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness.

    Behold, all they that were incensed against thee shall be ashamed and confounded: they shall be as nothing; and they that strive with thee shall perish.

    Thou shalt seek them, and shalt not find them, even them that contended with thee: they that war against thee shall be as nothing, and as a thing of nought.

    For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. (Isa. 41:10-14)

  23. Thank you for stepping up, but how can anyone ensure this?>It certainly I what is needed and what we ll want to see happen.

  24. pray and Act ,upon the massage from Above,

  25. Edinson Mota says:

    usa stand with Israel forever God bless Israel in name Jesus of Nazareth Evangelistic Association

  26. Sherry Perry says:

    THANK YOU FOR STANDING WITH ISRAEL I PRAY THEY TAKE GAZA BACK PERIOD. EVERYTIME THEY TRY FOR A PEACE TREATY AND DO WHAT HAMAS WANTS THEY END UP GETTING ROCKETS AND ETC. SO HAMAS HAS TO DISARM FIRST AND FOREVER PERIOD. GOD BLESS YOU ALL AND GOD BLESS ISRAEL. THANK YOU LORD FOR ISRAEL. AMEN and AMEN

  27. Ronald Deane says:

    Because that is where hamas keeps their rockets and actually even fires rockets from these locations. IDF found a loaded rocket launcher in the UN School with a rocket ready to fire and a couple had clearly already been fired at Israel. Israel notifys the people in a target area before bombing by leaflets dropped from the air, text messages, any way they can, but hamas refuses to let the civilians go. Hamas needs civilians to shield them from israeli bullets and bombs.

  28. Jesus F-ing christ, how much do you nuts hate Obama? He is not a god, and THIS is how America works, like it’s supposed to, limiting one branch of government with another. Haha, Republican politicians hate Obama sooo much that anything you all do or say is redundant. Let them do your hating for you. They’re professionals!

  29. Hamas has to b crippled more

  30. yep yep he sure did say that and who ever messes with israel and turns away from israel and dont stand with her will fall period

  31. very nice of you senators

  32. And you believe that Hamas will keep their word about anything? Well I don’t.

  33. Ben Minoff says:

    Ali, Israel is about the only country standing up to terrorists. If more countries did the same as Israel we wouldn’t have the killing mess that we have in Iraq, Syria, Nigeria, Sudan,Somalia,Afghanistan, Lebanon, Pakistan, etc..

  34. Eduardo Mazo says:

    the Senate do their job, well the rest is the President.

  35. Eduardo Mazo says:

    the Senate do their job, well the rest is the President.

  36. #Muslims are like brothers? really? but why do they fire rockets at schools, kindergarten, markets, etc. and bombing buses… etc… tell me WHY?

  37. Ali Haider= idiot man

  38. Ali Haider= idiot man

  39. Indeed…thank God for some sobriety!!!

  40. ….good timing!! but wrong place [like always-you never change!!]…it seems it’s #HAMAS who are you looking for! …. and now move along, because #Erdogan can’t wait to share his Sandwich with ya!!! #GoodLuck

  41. Once bitten twice shy
    Thousand times bitten….
    God LOVES Israel!!!!

  42. that sounds REASONABLE APPROACH then and no other option or measure.

  43. Make them Beg for Mercy first. Then demand the be disarmed as part of the agreement. Otherwise they will load up and try again. They are partnered with Iran for rockets. The funds from the UN are responsible for that and the building of the tunnels. Destroy them all.

  44. oui.. c’est la seule solution pour qu’Israel puisse enfin vivre en paix …

  45. oui.. c’est la seule solution pour qu’Israel puisse enfin vivre en paix …

  46. Leo Nathan says:

    can you do it at what cost, wt about the Palestinians who died Hamas is responsible for this

  47. does any body eles think ali haider talks **** #brainwashedlittleTwat

  48. it’s too bad we are giving money to Qatar because they in turn support Hamas. Viscious circle of deception and lies.

  49. Lisa Kamins says:

    Very nice. One Can Not Disarm Hamas. One Must Wipe Hamas, & all of arms & legs of the Muslim Brotherhood, Off the Planet. Only the will there be peace & quiet.

  50. If people believe Allah will finish Israel, why are they complaining? They should just wait and see if Allah even know them

  51. it will only be safe with out the urban infrastructure and the host populations for the extremist threat twice shown this week and last to the region´s health via Israeli industry

  52. Philip Jones says:

    Total disarmament of terrorist in our own land, Then we cease Fire.

  53. That is the WAY TO GO!

  54. VOTE for that decision, stand with Israel, UN is a bitch!

  55. Death to Hamas no ceasefire

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