05/17/2021 | Press release | Distributed by Public on 05/17/2021 20:10
WASHINGTON, D.C. -Today, Congressman Tony Cárdenas (CA-29)released the following statement on the situation in Israel and Gaza:
'I am alarmed by the violent escalation between Israel and Hamas that has killed hundreds, including women and children. I fully support Israel's right to defend itself from indiscriminate attacks that are putting the lives of innocent civilians at risk. I also recognize that Hamas' sickening practice of using dense areas of civilians for cover makes this situation more difficult.
'At the same time, I am deeply troubled by the reports of civilian casualties and the destruction of buildings housing international media. Political and military leaders must hold themselves to the highest standards, and civilian casualties cannot be the cost of defense. Leaders in the region must work to return to diplomacy and reign in radical elements that have served to provoke and inflame tensions. I pray for peace.'