Statement from Governor Martin O'Malley on Situation in Gaza


ANNAPOLIS, MD (December 30, 2008) – Governor Martin O’Malley today released the following statement regarding the situation in Gaza:

“Israel, like every nation, has the right to defend herself and her people from attack.  Since Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005, Hamas has launched thousands of rocket and mortar attacks indiscriminately against civilian targets in Israel.”

“Just as Hamas chose to provoke a military response from Israel with endless rocket attacks, Hamas also has the choice to reject terror and violence with an immediate ceasefire, recognize Israel’s right to exist, and accept the existing agreements between Israel and the Palestinians as they work toward a just and lasting peace.”

“In this current conflict, the United States stands with its democratic ally Israel in her desire for a lasting peace in the Middle East with secure borders.”








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