Aug 15, 2014

State of Florida Stands with Israel in Resolution, Statement

This August, the Florida legislature as well as Florida Governor Rick Scott has made clear that our state stands with Israel. We are deeply grateful for their powerful statements and continuing support for the well-being and security of our homeland.

On Monday, August 11, both the Florida House and Senate unanimously passed a resolution expressing support for the State of Israel, including:

“That the Florida House of Representatives reaffirms its support for Israel's right to defend its citizens and to ensure the survival of the State of Israel, condemns the unprovoked rocket attacks aimed at Israel, and calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel.” (see below for the full resolution)

The next day, Florida Governor Rick released his media statement, “We Must Stand With Israel:”

Today, Governor Rick Scott released the following statement in the wake of violence in the Middle East:

“As the crisis continues in the Middle East, Florida stands with Israel and specifically recognizes Israel’s right to defend all Israelis against acts of violence from Hamas.

“Israel’s fight to end the senseless terrorism and violence of Hamas should unite all Americans. We must not pretend that this issue is ‘complicated’ as many pundits suggest. One thing here is not complicated at all: Hamas wants to destroy Israel. Hamas are the perpetrators.

“Support for Israel is a moral issue, above politics. I agree with Congresswoman Debbie Wasserman Schultz’s assessment that there are ‘way too few, lone voices around the world criticizing’ the continued violence from Hamas.

“Violence against Jewish people and any act of anti-Semitism have no place in Florida or any part of the world that values freedom and democracy, without which there can be no peace.”


A resolution expressing support for the State of Israel

House Resolution HR 3A – Senate Resolution SR4A

Adopted:

- House: August 11, 2014 3:51 PM – Yeas 106 – Nays 0
- Senate: August 11, 2014 4:24 PM – Yeas 34 – Nays 0

WHEREAS, Hamas is a United States-designated terrorist organization whose charter calls for the destruction of the State of Israel, and

WHEREAS, Hamas continues to reject the Quartet Principles, the set of three requirements laid out by the diplomatic entity composed of the United Nations, the European Union, Russia, and the United States, which are to accept previous Israeli-Palestinian agreements, to renounce violence, and to recognize Israel's right to exist, and

WHEREAS, innocent civilians are indiscriminately targeted by Hamas rocket attacks, and Hamas has killed hundreds of Israelis and dozens of Americans in rocket attacks and suicide bombings, and

WHEREAS, since Israel's withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, Hamas and other terrorist groups have fired thousands of rockets at Israel, and since June 2014, Hamas has fired approximately 3,000 rockets at Israel, and

WHEREAS, Hamas's weapons arsenal includes approximately 12,000 rockets that vary in range, and

WHEREAS, Iran has long provided material support to Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad, including assistance that has enabled these terrorist organizations to produce longer-range rockets capable of striking Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and

WHEREAS, in order to help Israel defend itself, the United States Congress approved the fiscal year 2014 Consolidated Appropriations Act, signed into law by President Barack Obama on January 17, 2014, which provides $235 million to Israel for the research, development, and production of Iron Dome, and

WHEREAS, during the most recent rocket attacks from Gaza, Iron Dome successfully intercepted dozens of rockets that were launched against Israeli population centers, and

WHEREAS, the United States and Israel have also cooperated on other missile defense projects, including David's Sling and the Arrow Weapon Systems, projects designed to thwart a diverse range of threats, including short-range missiles and rockets fired by non-state actors such as Hamas, and

WHEREAS, 5 million Israelis are currently living under the threat of rocket attacks from Gaza,

NOW, THEREFORE,

Be It Resolved by the House of Representatives of the State of Florida:

That the Florida House of Representatives reaffirms its support for Israel's right to defend its citizens and to ensure the survival of the State of Israel, condemns the unprovoked rocket attacks aimed at Israel, and calls on Hamas to immediately cease all rocket and other attacks against Israel.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that a copy of this resolution be presented to the Consulate General of Israel to Florida and Puerto Rico in Miami as a tangible token of the sentiments expressed in this resolution.