Washington, DC – Congressman Howard L. Berman makes the following statement in response to recent Israeli air strikes on Gaza, one of which killed Hamas military chief Ahmed Jabari.

“Israel’s pinpoint attack today against Ahmed Jabari, the head of Hamas’ military wing in the Gaza Strip, was an act of necessary self defense. Jabari was a senior Hamas operative who was directly responsible for executing terror attacks against Israel. In recent days the Hamas terrorist organization, and their terrorist allies in Gaza, have launched hundreds of missiles and mortars against Israeli population centers. No nation on this earth would tolerate such a terrorist onslaught. I continue to stand with the State of Israel as she protects her people.”