BY THE VILLAGE S SUN | On Nov. 27, Congressmember Dan Goldman — representing Manhattan south of 14th Street, plus part of Brooklyn — called the humanitarian pause in the Israel-Hamas conflict only a “start down the pathway” to ending the war.
“While I’m encouraged that this pause will continue in the coming days to allow for additional hostages to be released and more aid to be delivered, this is not a time for unbridled celebration,” he said, in part. “Rather, this is simply a much-belated start down the pathway toward a conclusion to this war brutally initiated by Hamas on Oct. 7.
“On Oct. 6, a ‘mutual and unconditional ceasefire’ existed between Israel and Hamas dating back to May 2021,” Goldman said. “On Oct. 7, Hamas, a Designated Terrorist Organization akin to ISIS, savagely attacked Israel, brutally raping, torturing and murdering approximately 1,200 Israelis and illegally abducting more than 200 civilians, including 33 children and citizens of more than 40 countries, most of whom remain in captivity in Gaza more than seven weeks later. Since the Oct. 7 massacre, Hamas leaders have expressly stated a determination to attack Israel until they achieve their objective of eliminating Israel and killing all Jews.
“A resolution that would allow for the end of hostilities must not only include the release of all illegally abducted Israeli hostages but also the full military and political surrender by Hamas and its removal from Gaza.
“Unless those conditions are met,” Goldman said, “the United States must continue to support Israel’s just and legitimate defense of its borders and its people against a terrorist enemy dedicated to its annihilation.
“This support,” he added, “must include urgent supplemental aid to Israel without conditions, as requested by President Biden, so that we can unite in support of our close ally without any domestic political brinksmanship.”