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Quigley Calls for Ceasefire in the Middle East

May 18, 2021
Press Release

U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), a member of the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, released the following statement in response to ongoing violence in the Middle East:

“In recent days, I have frequently reflected on my time spent in the Middle East, when I have both walked the streets of Gaza and toured bomb proof playgrounds in Israel. We must always remember to place ourselves in each other’s shoes—never more so than in these fraught times.

“As a member of the House Intelligence Committee, I have been closely monitoring the escalating situation between Israel and Gaza. I have also heard from many of my constituents from across the ideological spectrum about the increased violence. It is past time for an immediate ceasefire in the conflict. Hamas is repeatedly putting innocent lives at risk and exploiting the Palestinian people for their own ends. While I strongly support Israel’s right to self-defense, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu should immediately take steps to deescalate the situation.

“The United States must work with the international community to help broker peace.”