US senators issue statement backing Israel
A group of five US senators issued a statement expressing their support of Israel after being briefed by Israeli Ambassador in Washington Michael Oren about the situation in Israel's south.


The senators, Republicans and Democrats alike, said in the statement, "We strongly support Israel's right to defend its people and call on those responsible for the violence to cease their attacks against Israel immediately." They denounced "the reprehensible and indiscriminate" rocket attacks launched against innocent Israeli citizens. (Yitzhak Benhorin, Washington)