On Saturday, October 7th, Hamas executed an unprecedented surprise assault on Israel. Thousands of rockets were launched into Israel bombing civilian locations, killing hundreds and wounding thousands of innocent people. At the same time Hamas terrorists invaded Israeli communities, kidnapping approximately 150 civilians including women, children and the elderly. Hamas has threatened to execute the hostages if Israel continues its retaliatory airstrikes in Hamas-held Gaza.
The Illinois House Republican Caucus strongly condemns the violence in the Middle East and stands with Israel as it defends itself against the heinous acts of violence carried out by Hamas terrorists. We support and pray for the safety of U.S. troops heading to the eastern Mediterranean to lend assistance to Israel, for the people of Israel and for peace in the region.