TRENTON, N.J. – As the battles between Israel and Gaza’s militant Hamas rulers entered its second week Monday, Assemblyman Robert Auth and Assemblywoman DeAnne C. DeFuccio called for Hamas to stop the violence.
“This act of violence puts thousands of innocent civilians in harms way,” Assemblyman Bob Auth and Assemblywoman DeAnne DeFuccio wrote in a statement. “We call on Hamas to stop the violence, recognize the state of Israel and work to bridge peace with the Israeli people.”
The two lawmakers said Israel’s right to defend itself and its people is fundamental.
“We stand with the people of Israel and condemn the senseless violence inflicted upon its people,” the lawmakers continued. “Israel has every right to defend itself and to live free from the cowardly incursions of Hamas. This senseless killing must end for the safety of the Jewish state and the future of a secure and just peace.”
An Israeli air force official on Sunday said Hamas still had enough missiles and the ability to continue attacking Israel for a long time. Militants have fired more than 3,200 rockets at Israel since the conflict began last Monday.