Israel Policy Forum condemns the rocket fire from Gaza, which is indiscriminately terrorizing citizens of southern Israel, and supports Israel’s efforts to restore quiet. Targeting Israeli civilian communities is an illegal and inappropriate response to any Israeli military action. We further support Israel’s efforts to defend itself from terrorism by striking at those who plan and commit large scale terrorism against Israelis.

The persistent rocket fire from Gaza only reinforces the critical need for Israel to be able to defend itself, as well as the important role that the United States plays in assisting Israel with its security needs. The U.S. must continue to support Israeli security and peace in the region, which will only come about if Israelis feel secure enough to take the necessary steps toward a two-state outcome. The U.S. should not abandon its policy of working toward a two-state solution while continuing to safeguard the security of an important and valued ally.