Woodall and Hastings Introduce Bipartisan Resolution Condemning Palestinian Incitement of Violence Against Israel
WASHINGTON, DC – This week, U.S. Representatives Rob Woodall (R-GA) and Alcee Hastings (D-FL) introduced a bipartisan resolution condemning the Palestinian Authority’s incitement of violence and acts of terror against Israel. The resolution, “Condemning Palestinian incitement and reaffirming the special bond between Israel and the United States,” specifically mentions 266 of more than 300 terrorist attacks carried out since 2015, and underscores the longstanding friendship between the United States and Israel.
“The United States has no greater friend than the State of Israel, and our commitment to its people must be unwavering,” said Congressman Rob Woodall. “The Palestinian Authority’s incitement of violence and acts of terror against the people of Israel has led to more than 300 incidents since 2015 – most recently on January 8 of this year when four Israel Defense Forces cadets were killed and 17 more wounded by a Palestinian attack in Jerusalem. Condemning these acts and standing with our friend and ally is crucial to the safety of Israel, the region, and freedom-loving people across the world. I’m proud to again partner with my good friend Rep. Hastings in introducing this resolution, and am grateful for his leadership on this issue.”
This issue is one Woodall believes transcends politics, and exemplifies a principle he often promotes: as Americans, there is more that unites us than divides us. While Capitol Hill is no stranger to partisan discourse, common ground is something Woodall says is much more common than many realize, and points to his partnership with Rep. Hastings as proof.
“The quiet partnerships rarely get the media coverage. But, I can tell you it happens every day, and these are the efforts that build the trust needed to move the big things across the finish line,” Woodall continued.
“Hundreds of terrorist attacks have been carried out in Israel throughout the past year and a half. Even as stabbings, shootings, and car-ramming attacks occur nearly every day, the international community has failed to clearly condemn these blatant acts of terrorism. That is why Rep. Woodall and I introduced this bi-partisan resolution, which clearly illustrates the severity of the violence and urges the international community to speak up. Unless the Palestinian government and leaders around the world unequivocally condemn these acts of terror, there is little chance it will stop,” added Congressman Alcee L. Hastings.
Tensions between the State of Israel and Palestine have long existed, but as sanctioned acts of terror from the Palestinian Authority have become commonplace, with President Mahmoud Abbas stating on a September 16, 2015, television broadcast that ‘‘We welcome every drop of blood spilled in Jerusalem,” Woodall says the resolution introduced by he and Hastings is a necessary formal show of support for Israel and condemnation of Palestinian terrorism.
Congressman Woodall represents the Seventh Congressional District of Georgia, which includes the majority of Forsyth and Gwinnett counties, and currently serves as Chairman of the Rules Subcommittee on Legislative and Budget Process, as well as serving on the Transportation & Infrastructure Committee, and Budget Committee.