DeGette statement on situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories

May 14, 2021
Press Release

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette (D-CO) issued the following statement on the situation in Israel and the Palestinian Territories: 

“It’s heartbreaking to see such violence taking place in Israel and the Palestinian Territories. Israel is one of our nation’s closest allies and we must do everything we can to help it pursue a permanent, diplomatic solution to this decades-long dispute.

“Both sides need to take steps to deescalate this crisis. And it’s critical that the Biden Administration does everything it can to help negotiate a ceasefire and restore peace in the region. 

“These attacks by Hamas are heinous and lead only to more bloodshed and deeper suffering on both sides.

“No Israeli citizen should have to live in fear of a sudden rocket attack, just as no Palestinian citizen should have to live in fear of being forcibly removed from their home in East Jerusalem, or from an airstrike targeting Hamas terrorists hiding within their midst.

“It’s past time for this decades-long conflict to end.

“The U.S. and our allies must make clear to both parties that the violence must stop. And that both sides need to work on finding a permanent, two-state solution that will preserve the dignity and safety of both peoples.”