ALLENTOWN, Pa. – U.S. Rep. Charlie Dent (PA-15) today issues the following statement concerning the ongoing situation in Gaza:

“I strongly condemn the ongoing rocket attacks against Israel. As we have seen over the past several days, Hamas’ actions are not only a threat to the Israeli people but a continuing factor in the region’s instability. Hamas is a terrorist organization and Israel, as a sovereign nation, has every right to take the necessary action to defend its people. As I have stated in the past, Hamas must ‘renounce terrorism and recognize Israel’s right to exist within defensible borders.’

“I am truly saddened and regret the loss of innocent lives in this most recent conflict. It is my sincere hope there will be a ceasefire in the short term and a dedicated effort to find enduring peace.”