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Saturday, November 17, 2012
[Includes preventing Hamas from rebuilding rocket capability] Text of US Senate resolution expressing unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel

" encourages the President to continue to work diplomatically with the
international community to prevent Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist
organizations from retaining or rebuilding the capability to launch rockets
and missiles against Israel"

[The House passed same wording
H.RES.813 -- Whereas Hamas was founded with the stated goal of destroying
the State of Israel
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:H.RES.813: ]

S.RES.599 -- Expressing vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the
welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and
democratic state with secure borders, and recognizing... (Agreed to Senate -
ATS)
http://thomas.loc.gov/cgi-bin/query/z?c112:S.RES.599:

112th CONGRESS
2d Session
S. RES. 599

Expressing vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare,
security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic
state with secure borders, and recognizing and strongly supporting its right
to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism.

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

November 15, 2012

Mrs. GILLIBRAND (for herself, Mr. KIRK, Mr. LIEBERMAN, Mr. RUBIO, Ms.
MIKULSKI, Mr. RISCH, Mr. UDALL of Colorado, Mr. WICKER, Mrs. FEINSTEIN, Mr.
MORAN, Mr. COONS, Mr. CRAPO, Mr. WARNER, Mr. HOEVEN, Ms. CANTWELL, Mr.
COATS, Mr. NELSON of Florida, Ms. COLLINS, Mr. CARDIN, Mr. GRAHAM, Mr.
CASEY, Mr. ROBERTS, Mr. CORKER, Mr. MENENDEZ, Mr. BOOZMAN, Mr. ISAKSON, Mr.
TOOMEY, Mr. BLUNT, Mr. COCHRAN, Mr. CORNYN, Ms. KLOBUCHAR, Mr. SCHUMER, Mr.
BURR, Mr. FRANKEN, Mr. KYL, Mr. JOHNSON of South Dakota, Mr. BARRASSO, Mr.
BLUMENTHAL, Mr. HELLER, Mr. BROWN of Ohio, Mr. JOHANNS, Mr. MANCHIN, Mrs.
HAGAN, Mr. WYDEN, Mr. LAUTENBERG, Mr. BAUCUS, Mr. WHITEHOUSE, Mr. VITTER,
Mr. THUNE, Mrs. SHAHEEN, Ms. STABENOW, Mr. PORTMAN, Ms. LANDRIEU, Mr.
GRASSLEY, Mr. TESTER, Ms. MURKOWSKI, Mr. DURBIN, Mr. BENNET, Mr. KOHL, Mrs.
MURRAY, Mr. UDALL of New Mexico, Mr. PRYOR, Mr. BEGICH, Mr. REED, Mrs.
HUTCHISON, and Mr. LEVIN) submitted the following resolution; which was
considered and agreed to

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RESOLUTION

Expressing vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare,
security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic
state with secure borders, and recognizing and strongly supporting its right
to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against acts of terrorism.

Whereas Hamas was founded with the stated goal of destroying the State of
Israel;

Whereas Hamas has been designated by the Secretary of State as a Foreign
Terrorist Organization;

Whereas Hamas refuses to recognize Israel's right to exist, renounce
violence, and accept previous agreements between Israel and the
Palestinians;

Whereas Hamas has launched thousands of rockets and missiles since Israel
dismantled settlements and withdrew from Gaza in 2005;

Whereas terrorists in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip have fired
approximately 900 rockets and missile shells into Israel this year, an
increase from roughly 675 attacks in 2011 and 350 in 2010;

Whereas Hamas has increased the range of its rockets, reportedly with
support from Iran and others, putting additional large numbers of Israelis
in danger of rocket attacks from Gaza;

Whereas, on November 14, 2012, President Barack Obama condemned the rocket
fire from Gaza into Israel and reiterated Israel's right to self-defense;
and

Whereas Israel, a fellow democracy, has an inherent right to self defense in
the face of terrorist attacks: Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate--
(1) expresses unwavering commitment to the security of the State of Israel
as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognizes and
strongly supports its inherent right to act in self-defense to protect its
citizens against acts of terrorism;

(2) reiterates that Hamas must end Gaza-linked terrorist rocket and missile
attacks against Israel, recognize Israel's right to exist, renounce
violence, and agree to accept previous agreements between Israel and the
Palestinians;

(3) urges the United Nations Security Council to condemn the recent spike in
Gaza-linked terrorist missile attacks against Israel, which risk causing
civilian casualties in both Israel and Gaza; and

(4) encourages the President to continue to work diplomatically with the
international community to prevent Hamas and other Gaza-based terrorist
organizations from retaining or rebuilding the capability to launch rockets
and missiles against Israel.

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