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Congress members back Israel on rockets

Two Democrats and two Republicans introduced a congressional resolution condemning rocket attacks on Israel.

U.S. Rep. Scott Garrett (R-N.J.) on Wednesday initiated the non-binding resolution in the U.S. House of Representatives joined by Reps. Shelley Berkley (D-Nev.), Eliot Engel (D-N.Y.) and Jeb Hensarling (R-Texas).

The resolution called the recent attacks from the Gaza Strip “Iranian enabled,” based on intelligence suggesting that some rocket components come from Iran.

It also recognized “the difficult balance Israel faces as the competing pressures of being the primary supplier of numerous necessities for Palestinian civilians, such as fuel, electricity, and medicine, even while rockets are being fired at Israel from Palestinian areas.”

Israel has come under criticism in Europe particularly for blockading Gaza in a bid to stop the attacks.

The resolution also called on “all nations, including Egypt, to take affirmative, transparent, verifiable steps to stop the flow of rockets and other terrorism-enabling materials (including human resources) to the Palestinian territories.” Israel says Egypt has not done enough to stop arms smuggling across its border with Gaza.

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