Monday, August 14, 2006

PRESS RELEASE - Jonathan Tasini Statement On Middle East Ceasefire
"After the loss of more than 1,000 Israeli and Lebanese lives, I’m hopeful that the current ceasefire will hold. Hezbollah must respect the ceasefire and adhere to its requirements and Israel must do the same. What was the point of this senseless month-long violence? Lebanon has been turned into rubble; its infrastructure devastated and hundreds of thousands of people were driven from their homes. Israeli civilians had to flee for their lives from hundreds of missile attacks and live in bomb shelters and see their homes destroyed, too. Both sides are now dusting themselves off, assessing the damage and burying the dead."
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"Our own government bears responsibility for the loss of life. When the world needed U.S. leadership to call for an immediate ceasefire when the violence began, the U.S. acted irresponsibly, undercutting early attempts to halt the attacks on both sides. My opponent, Hillary Clinton, also made no effort to urge the warring parties to stand down and save the lives of innocent civilians on both sides. I can only hope that this bloody month-long pointless violence can perhaps wake up the respective players in the region and the world. The time for a comprehensive solution to the Israel-Palestine conflict, which lays at the heart of the hostility and enmity in the region, is long overdue."

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