Transatlantlantic Friends of Israel - 13 May 2021
We affirm our unwavering and steadfast support for the State of Israel in her hour of need. As members and supporters of the Transatlantic Friends of Israel (TFI), we express our firm belief that the Jewish state - our key democratic ally - has, like all sovereign states, not only the right but the duty to defend its citizens against terror and rockets.
We mourn all victims, both Israelis and Palestinians. But now as ever is the time for moral clarity. We must clearly condemn Hamas and Islamic Jihad – Iran-funded terrorist organizations dedicated to the destruction of Israel – for the deaths and devastation in Israel and in Gaza.
It’s not only that these terrorists started this latest round of confrontation. Hamas and Islamic Jihad commit the double war crime of murdering Israeli civilians while using their own population as human shields. In stark contrast, the Israeli army, in its efforts to protect its own population, is doing its utmost to avoid harming Palestinian civilians, even warning them on cell phones ahead of attacks.
If we fail to hold Hamas and Islamic Jihad responsible for all casualties, it will only incentivize them to strike time and again, bringing ever more suffering to the Jewish state and the people of Gaza.