Langworthy, House GOP React to Israel Conflict
WASHINGTON, D.C. - It’s day four of Israel's war with the terror group, Hammas. Violence and devastation continue to impact thousands of civilians.
As of Tuesday afternoon, nearly 2,000 lives have been lost on both sides since Hammas militants stormed into Israel Saturday morning.
"This is untold horror. This needs to be wiped from the earth. We cannot stop until Israel has the assets they need, the resources they need to get the job done,” said Congressman Nick Langworthy (R-NY), adding he is deeply troubled over the atrocities committed against innocent civilians in an interview on Tuesday.
Langworthy and fellow House Republicans are emphasizing the importance of supporting Israel and being prepared for these types of attacks in the future.
“We wait too long to react. Instead of being ready for these potential attacks, it's like we have to get attacked before we actually realize that we're in grave danger,” said Rep. Mike Kelly (R-PA). “And it seems to be something that is continuous. After listening to some people today, these are things that we knew were going to happen with Hammas. Israel and America, both were aware of some of this stuff just through the intelligence we have. But for some reason we weren't ready for what's taking place,” Kelly added.
Following President Biden’s address to the nation this afternoon, we asked Rep. Kelly if he believes the administration could have or should do anything differently.
“That's hard to say, because certainly had they been doing what they were supposed to be doing beforehand, this probably wouldn't have come as a shock to us. And I think that's what you have to look at. Are you prepared for what's happening,” said Kelly.
Kelly hopes the war can bring a divided Congress together. Unification is pivotal right now, especially as Congress operates with its hands ties without a Speaker of the House.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) recently wrote an op-ed to emphasize the importance of supporting Israel and strengthening American, Israeli and Arab partnerships in the region.