Over 75 years ago, the United States was the first nation to recognize the Jewish state of Israel and affirm its right to exist. Now, in the face of senseless attacks by Iran-backed Hamas terrorists, we must again stand with Israel and reaffirm its right to defend itself.
The Islamic Resistance Movement, also known as Hamas, is an extremist fundamentalist Islamic organization operating in the territories under Israeli control. Hamas' covenant, which was issued on August 18, 1988, promotes one ultimate goal — to destroy the State of Israel through Jihad, or Islamic Holy War.
Since 1979, Iran — the world's largest state sponsor of terrorism — has created proxy forces throughout the Middle East by supporting Hamas, Hezbollah, and other terrorist groups. Hamas has received as much as $150 million from Iran in one year, funds which are used to finance training, technology, and equipment.
We must continue to support our strongest ally in the Middle East and their right to defend themselves from these horrific attacks. The United States must provide Israel with every available resource — including sending any and all military assistance — to defend itself with overwhelming force against terrorists who will not stop until they are eliminated.