The Senate adopted a resolution that endorsed Israel’s right to self-defense and supported the nation while denouncing Hamas’ assaults on civilians.
The resolution was co-sponsored by 99 of the 100 senators; only Kentucky Republican Senator Rand Paul, who did not sign but subsequently voted in favor, did not affix his signature.
The ultimate tally of votes was 97-0, in the absence of three senators.
Additionally, the resolution denounces Iran’s endorsement of worldwide terrorism, including its backing of terrorist organizations like Hamas and Palestinian Islamic Jihad. It further emphasizes that the United States remains prepared to provide Israel with emergency resupply or other forms of security, diplomatic, and intelligence support. These remarks were made before President Joe Biden’s scheduled address on Thursday evening, in which he urged Congress to approve a supplemental package that would include aid for Israel.
Before the vote, Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer stated, “The Senate will support this resolution with tangible, prompt, and decisive action and resources.”
Schumer declared: "The 7th of October, 2023, will be remembered as a day of disgrace. “As Israel confronts its most somber period in the past seventy-five years, the bipartisan resolution that is up for vote declares that the people of Israel will never be alone so long as the United States of America exists.”
He stated, “We unequivocally support Israel’s right to defend itself and condemn the abhorrent and vicious assaults carried out by the terrorist organization Hamas.” A unanimous agreement among all 100 senators is an uncommon occurrence. “However, all one hundred of us are gathered here today in unison to declare our support for Israel.”