Washington, D.C. -- U.S. Sen. Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), senior member of Senate Armed Services Committee and member of Senate Foreign Relations Committee, issued the following statement regarding Israeli military actions in the Gaza Strip: 

“Iran’s overt support for terrorist organizations like Hamas and Hezballah make the recent attacks on Israel possible.  Iran has made their intentions against Israel clear, making it even more imperative that we prevent Iran from obtaining a nuclear arsenal and the means for its delivery.  For the past 24 hours, Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) have moved to defend itself by striking Hamas and Islamic Jihad terrorist sites and their leadership in the Gaza strip in retaliation for repeated cross border attacks by these terrorist organizations against the nation of Israel and their innocent civilians.  It is disgusting that these terrorist groups use the Palestinian people as human shields.  America must stand in support of Israel and our ally’s right to self defense.  I stand with Israel, and as a nation, we should be pushing for the international community to condemn the attacks on Israel and call upon Hamas and its terrorist sponsor Iran to immediately halt this current reign of terror against the people of Israel.”