H.Res. 657, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding United States support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization

H.Res. 657

Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding United States support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization

Sponsor
Rep. Steve Israel

Date
July 11, 2014 (113th Congress, 2nd Session)

Staff Contact
Communications

Floor Situation

On Friday, July 11, 2014, the House will consider H.Res. 657, Expressing the sense of the House of Representatives regarding United States support for the State of Israel as it defends itself against unprovoked rocket attacks from the Hamas terrorist organization, under unanimous consent.  H.Res. 657 was introduced on July 8, 2014 by Rep. Steve Israel (D-NY) and was referred to the House Foreign Affairs Committee.

Bill Summary

H.Res. 657 reaffirms the House’s support for Israel’s right to defend itself against unprovoked rocket fire by Hamas.  The resolution calls on Hamas to immediately cease all attacks against Israel.

Background

Hamas, a U.S.-designated terrorist organization, “has killed hundreds of Israelis and dozens of Americans in rocket attacks and suicide bombings.”[1]  “Since June 2014, Hamas has fired nearly 300 rockets at Israel,” indiscriminately targeting civilians and putting five million Israelis within the rockets’ reach.[2]  Support from Iran has enabled Hamas “to produce longer-range rockets capable of striking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem,”[3] and Hamas’s arsenal now includes 12,000 rockets.[4]

The U.S. has long cooperated with Israel on missile defense projects, including Iron Dome, and has provided $235 billion for the project.[5]  “During the most recent rocket attacks . . . Iron Dome has successfully intercepted dozens of rockets that were launched against Israeli population centers.”[6]

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[1] H.Res. 657.
[2] Id.
[3] Amendment to H.Res. 657.
[4] H.Res. 657.
[5] Amendment to H.Res. 657.
[6] Id.

Cost

A CBO cost estimate is not available.

Additional Information

For questions or further information contact the GOP Conference at 5-5107.