Israel Policy Forum unequivocally condemns today’s rocket fire by Hamas and other terror organizations in Gaza. We express our deep concerns for the Israeli citizens who have spent Shabbat under attack and for the ordinary Palestinians who have been affected by the necessary military response.

Yet another escalation by Hamas underscores the importance of establishing a more sustainable political arrangement for Gaza  and the need to address the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. We urge the Israeli and Egyptian governments, as well as the Palestinian Authority, to diligently work toward these goals, with strong assistance from the United States. Failure to do so will only ensure that these escalations will continue, with civilians on both sides paying the price. Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorism against Israel is unacceptable, and we urge the international community to condemn it without reservation.