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May 18, 2021

Trone Statement on Ceasefire in Israel-Hamas Conflict


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Trone Statement on Ceasefire in Israel-Hamas Conflict

Washington, DC – Today, Congressman David Trone (MD-06) released the below statement regarding the Israel-Hamas conflict:

“Israeli and Palestinian citizens in Israel, Gaza, and the West Bank deserve basic human rights, including dignity, security, and the freedom to worship and live their lives without the threat of terror, street violence, and rocket attacks. Muslims who worship at Al-Aqsa deserve to be able to observe Ramadan in peace. Jews who pray at the Western Wall deserve the same right. And, all children deserve a safe place to live. 

“We must be crystal clear that the reason these rights are at risk rests almost exclusively at the feet of Hamas, a terrorist organization that shows little regard for the Palestinian people. Hamas has indiscriminately fired more than 3,000 missiles at the civilian population of Israel. Israel, as a sovereign country, has the right to defend herself from these attacks. It is horrific that Hamas has used Israeli and Palestinian citizens as pawns in pursuit of their own power. The Palestinian people deserve leadership that truly acts in the best interest of their citizens and works peacefully with Israel toward a negotiated two-state solution.

“I hope a ceasefire will end the bloodshed and de-escalate tensions. Moving forward, we must also reflect on the events that led to this escalation of violence, and work with the international community to create the conditions for long-term peace. I commend President Biden for his leadership at this difficult time.”

Congressman David Trone was elected to the House of Representatives in November 2018 to serve the 6th District of Maryland, which includes all or part of Montgomery, Frederick, Washington, Allegany, and Garrett Counties. Trone serves on the Appropriations Committee in the 117th Congress and previously served on the Education and Labor, Foreign Affairs, and Joint Economic Committees. In Congress, Trone is fighting to make progress on issues that matter to Marylanders, including the opioid epidemic, criminal justice reform, and funding for medical research.