EXCLUSIVE: Rep. Carlos Gimenez, R-Fla., is leading an effort in the House to call out Hamas as a terrorist group and to double down on support for the people of Israel as deadly fighting intensifies in the Middle East.
“Israel has every right to defend itself and defend its citizens,” Gimenez told Fox News Thursday. “I don’t know of an instance where there’s outright aggression from the state of Israel that was done without provocation.”
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Gimenez is introducing a resolution Thursday with the support of at least 50 Republicans to condemn “the acts of terrorism committed by Hamas” and to support Israel’s right to defend itself from attacks. He shared the resolution first with Fox News.
His effort comes as members of the so-called progressive Squad been very critical of Israel. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., hit President Biden over his Wednesday statement in support of Israel and accused him of taking “the side of the occupation.” And Rep. Ilhan Omar, D-Minn., accused Israel of committing an “act of terrorism” by launching airstrikes into Gaza.
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“Members of the Squad, I believe, are out of touch with America,” Gimenez told Fox News. “They think that they speak for America and they don’t.”
“I’m trying to make sure that Congr
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