Kucinich objects to resolution defending Israel's actions in Gaza

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Kucinich noted that the commander of the military branch of Hamas, Ahmed Jaabari, was reportedly considering a long-term cease-fire agreement when Israel assassinated him Wednesday in the opening salvo of its latest retaliatory operation against rocket fire from Gaza. 

“The root of this latest flare-up in hostilities is deep. Negotiations between Israel and the Palestinians on a two-state solution have been virtually non-existent. Innocent people in Gaza continue to suffer under a blockade that has deprived them of everything from food and clean water to educational opportunities. Illegal settlements continue to be built in the West Bank and East Jerusalem, further diminishing prospects for a negotiated two-state solution.

“The hastily written and even more hastily passed resolution fails to mention any of that. In its deficiencies are writ the failures of our own Middle East policies.”