February 21, 2024
Rep. Sara Jacobs speaks on the Home flooring this week. Screenshot from video

Rep. Sara Jacobs on Saturday criticized plans by Israel to develop the warfare in opposition to Hamas terrorists into southern Gaza, calling as a substitute for a bilateral ceasefire and launch of Israeli hostages.

“Hamas’ terrorist assault in opposition to Israeli civilians on October seventh was grotesque, horrifying, and inexcusable, and the State of Israel has the suitable to reply to shield its residents, and maintain Hamas accountable,” stated Jacobs.

“Nonetheless, I’m gravely involved by experiences that the Netanyahu Authorities plans to develop its navy operation into southern Gaza — a month after its evacuation discover of northern Gaza, which displaced over one million Palestinians to the south.”

Jacobs, a Democrat who represents central San Diego County, is the youngest Jewish member of Congress and co-chair of the Safety of Civilians in Battle Caucus.

She famous that greater than 10,000 Palestinians, together with 1000’s of youngsters, have already died within the warfare.

“It’s time for a bilateral ceasefire — to instantly launch the hostages; to determine humanitarian entry and permit gasoline, meals, water, and medical care into Gaza; and to finish the bombardment of thousands and thousands of Palestinian civilians,” Jacobs stated. “The USA has a authorized and ethical obligation to guard civilian lives, and to carry our closest allies to the identical requirements we maintain everybody else.”

Thus far, the Israel Protection Forces have concentrated operations in northern Gaza, trying to disrupt the Hamas tunnel system and kill terrorist leaders.

However an Israeli navy spokesman indicated on Friday that the navy operation in opposition to Hamas would advance into southern Gaza, although he gave no indication of timing. A wave of shelling on Thursday in southern Gaza has stirred worry amongst displaced Palestinians sheltering there that the anticipated navy push is imminent.