Pelosi Statement Calling for Ceasefire in Israel-Hamas Conflict

May 18, 2021
Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi issued this statement calling for a ceasefire in the continuing conflict between Israel and Hamas:

“Israel is our friend and ally in the Middle East with whom we have shared values.  It is in the U.S. national security interest to support security in Israel.  Hamas exploited a volatile situation to initiate hostilities against Israel, launching more than 3,000 rockets, and as always, Israel has a right to defend herself. 

“Now, after more than a week of hostilities, it has become even more apparent that a ceasefire is necessary.  There must be a serious effort on the part of both parties to end the violence and respect the rights of both the Israeli and Palestinian people.

“It is with respect for Israeli and Palestinian lives that leaders must strive for peace through a negotiated two-state solution.”