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Westchester legislators voicing support for Israel as conflict continues

Posted By Elizabeth Ganga On November 20, 2012 @ 4:19 pm In Government & Politics,Westchester County | Comments Disabled

As fighting continues between Israel and Hamas in Gaza, Westchester legislators have ventured into foreign affairs to assert their support for Israel. Here are excerpts from their statements:

Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL) Chairman Ken Jenkins (D-Yonkers) reaffirmed his support for Israel as the Middle East nation defends itself against persistent and deadly rocket attacks from the militant Palestinian group Hamas in Gaza.

“I strongly condemn the Hamas rocket attacks aimed at the people of Israel,” said Jenkins. “This escalation of violence is the work of cowards trying to subvert peace in the Middle East and should not be tolerated by world leaders. I fully support Israel’s right to defend its people against these rocket attacks and any other acts of terrorism. In my two visits to Israel, I have stood in the areas where some of these attacks occurred. Undoubtedly, a renewed commitment for peace that is perceptible and real is needed now, or more innocent lives will be lost for naught.
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Along with a host of other elected officials from the metropolitan New York region, Legislator Pete Harckham (D-Katonah), Majority Leader of the Westchester County Board of Legislators (BOL), participated in a rally this morning in support of Israel as the Middle East nation suffered through another day of increased rocket attacks from the militant Palestinian organization Hamas.

This morning’s rally was held at the Israeli Consulate in Manhattan near the United Nations.

“Israel has a right to protect and defend its citizens from the deadly actions of terrorists,” said Harckham, “and it’s important for our world leaders to know that the United States will stand by its allies in times like this, no matter what.”


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