Political Odd Couple Push Resolution Condemning Hamas

Image: Political Odd Couple Push Resolution Condemning Hamas Sens. Ted Cruz and Kirsten Gillibrand. (Alex Wong/Getty Images)

Sunday, 03 Aug 2014 11:28 PM

By Joel Himelfarb

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Sens. Ted Cruz, one of the chamber’s most stalwart conservatives, and Kirsten Gillibrand, a staunch liberal, have introduced a resolution supporting Israel’s right of self-defense and condemning Hamas for using Palestinian civilians as human shields in its war against the Jewish state.

The resolution  introduced by the Texas Republican and New York Democrat “strongly condemns” the “brutal and illegal tactic by Hamas and other terrorist organizations of using innocent civilians as human shields.”

It also “supports the sovereign right of the Government of Israel to defend its territory and stop the rocket attacks on its citizens.” The resolution backs “Palestinian civilians who reject Hamas and all forms of terrorism” and seek to live in peace with Israelis.  

“Hamas is undoubtedly guilty of violating international humanitarian law through its deliberate, repeated, and consistent use of civilians as human shields,” Cruz said. “The United States of America, along with the entire international community, must expose and denounce Hamas’ barbaric tactics and unequivocally support Israel’s right to self-defense.”

“The use of human shields by Hamas is deplorable,” said Gillibrand. “The international community must stand up against this terrorist organization that is putting the people it claims to defend in harm’s way and support Israel’s right to defend its citizens.”

Two Florida House members, Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Democrat Ted  Deutch, introduced a companion resolution several weeks ago. 

The resolution marks the latest major partnership between Cruz and Gillibrand. The pair stirred controversy last year when they and Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky) joined forces to push legislation removing the chain of command from sexual-assault investigations. Their bipartisan effort failed by a vote of 55-45.

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