For Immediate release
May 22, 2021
CHRISTY SMITH ISSUES STATEMENT ON CONFLICT IN ISRAEL AND GAZA
Santa Clarita, CA - Former Assemblywoman Christy Smith issued the following statement on conflict in Israel and Gaza:
"I am deeply concerned about the situation in Israel and Gaza. I am reassured that de-escalation and a ceasefire have begun. Israel has a right to defend itself against Hamas attacks. Israeli citizens should not have to live in fear of indiscriminate rocket attacks. At the same time, the terrorist acts of Hamas have endangered Palestinian civilians, who have also suffered immensely and lived in fear. My heart aches over the loss of life and for those injured.
The situation calls for diplomacy. President Biden should prioritize the appointment of an Ambassador to Israel and the United States must take an active role in peace talks to ultimately build towards a two-state solution. Here at home, we must continue to strongly condemn anti-Semitic attacks occurring across our communities."