Outgoing Rep. Dennis Kucinich (D-OH) on Tuesday objected to a House resolution that declared “vigorous support and unwavering commitment” to the State of Israel.
Kucinich said the non-binding resolution, which supports Israeli airstrikes on Gaza in strong terms, was passed by the House in about a minute and without any advance notice. The resolution was passed on Friday by a voice vote with no debate.
“The root of this latest flare up in hostilities is deep,” the congressman said in a statement. “Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on a two-state solution have been virtually non-existent. Innocent people in Gaza continue to suffer under a blockade that has deprived them of everything from food and clean water to educational opportunities. Illegal settlements continue to be built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, further diminishing prospects for a negotiated two-state solution.”
Israeli defense forced killed Hamas’s military leader Ahmed Jabari last week in an aggressive missile strike, sparking the latest conflict between Israel and Palestine.