Minneapolis, MN – Steve Hunegs, Executive Director of the Jewish Community Relations Council of Minnesota and the Dakotas (JCRC) expressed solidarity with Israel in defending itself against a barrage of rocket attacks from terrorist groups in Gaza:
"Rocket attacks on Israeli cities and communities in the southern part of Israel are an outrage. No family anywhere should be forced to live with the fear that a rocket may hit its home. The rocket barrage in recent days, affecting the lives of close to a million Israelis, cannot be tolerated. We stand by Israel as it exercises the legitimate right of any nation to defend its citizens, while our hope is that calm quickly can be restored.
"For Palestinians in the Gaza Strip, it means yet again being held hostage to the Hamas Charter advocating destruction of Israel and being used as a forward position of Iran's genocidal intentions towards Israel.
"The danger of Iran's ambition to acquire nuclear weapons of mass destruction is underscored by the present Gaza provocation. Iran is lashing out against Israel through its armed proxies, as evidenced by Israel’s seizure last week of a ship carrying Iranian rockets and other munitions headed for Gaza.
"We are thankful that the Iron Dome anti-missile defense system, designed and implemented with help from the U.S., has been able to prevent many rockets from reaching their targets inside Israel. This violence is causing deep wounds to both sides. We pray that peace can be achieved soon so that both Israelis and Palestinians in Gaza can live without fear and loss."
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