Madame Speaker, I strongly oppose H. Res. 34, which was rushed to
the floor with almost no prior notice and without consideration
by the House Foreign Affairs Committee. The resolution clearly takes
one side in a conflict that has nothing to do with the United States
or US interests. I am concerned that the weapons currently being
used by Israel against the Palestinians in Gaza are made in America
and paid for by American taxpayers. What will adopting this resolution
do to the perception of the United States in the Muslim and Arab
world? What kind of blowback might we see from this? What moral
responsibility do we have for the violence in Israel and Gaza after
having provided so much military support to one side?
As an opponent
of all violence, I am appalled by the practice of lobbing homemade
rockets into Israel from Gaza. I am only grateful that, because
of the primitive nature of these weapons, there have been so few
casualties among innocent Israelis. But I am also appalled by the
longstanding Israeli blockade of Gaza — a cruel act of war — and
the tremendous loss of life that has resulted from the latest Israeli
attack that started last month.
There are now
an estimated 700 dead Palestinians, most of whom are civilians.
Many innocent children are among the dead. While the shooting of
rockets into Israel is inexcusable, the violent actions of some
people in Gaza does not justify killing Palestinians on this scale.
Such collective punishment is immoral. At the very least, the US
Congress should not be loudly proclaiming its support for the Israeli
government’s actions in Gaza.
this resolution will do nothing to reduce the fighting and bloodshed
in the Middle East. The resolution in fact will lead the US to become
further involved in this conflict, promising “vigorous support
and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival
of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state.” Is it really in
the interest of the United States to guarantee the survival of any
foreign country? I believe it would be better to focus on the security
and survival of the United States, the Constitution of which my
colleagues and I swore to defend just this week at the beginning
of the 111th Congress. I urge my colleagues to reject this resolution.
Paul is a Republican member of Congress from Texas.