Governor Kay E. Ivey on Friday afternoon signed Senate Joint Resolution 138, which expresses “solidarity with Israel in its defense against terrorism in the Gaza Strip.”
Ivey signed the measure — passed by the Alabama Legislature on Monday — alongside the Consul General of Israel to the Southeast, Anat Sultan-Dadon.
“The state of Alabama and Israel have a long friendship,” Ivey said in a statement. “In fact, Alabama was the first state in the country to recognize Israel as a nation. I am proud to sign this resolution, which only reaffirms our unequivocal support. Alabama stands with Israel.”
This continues Ivey’s vocal support of Israel; the governor earlier this year hosted Israeli Ambassador to the U.S. Gilad Erdan in Montgomery for the ambassador’s first official visit to the United States.
SJR 138 passed the Senate on a voice vote and passed the House 89-0, with 10 Democrats abstaining, after some heated comments on the floor.
The resolution reads as follows:
WHEREAS, Hamas was founded with the stated goal of destroying the State of Israel; and
WHEREAS, Hamas has been designated by the United States as a Foreign Terrorist Organization; and
WHEREAS, Hamas has launched thousands of rockets and mortars against Israeli population centers, since Israel
withdrew its civilian population and its military from Gaza in 2005; and
WHEREAS, Palestinian terrorists of the Islamic Jihad and Hamas have launched over 1800 rocket and mortars against Israeli civilian areas in 2021; and
WHEREAS, Hamas has increased the range and payload of its rockets, reportedly with support from Iran and others, putting hundreds of thousands of Israelis in danger of rocket attacks from Gaza; and
WHEREAS, Hamas locates elements of its terrorist infrastructure in civilian population centers, thus using
innocent civilians as human shields; and
WHEREAS, the democratic, Jewish State of Israel is a key ally and a strategic partner of the United States and
friend and partner of the State of Alabama; and
WHEREAS, the State of Alabama plays an important role in the production of the Iron Dome missile defense system
which has saved countless lives against rocket attacks by Hamas onto population centers in Israel; and
WHEREAS, Israel, a fellow democracy, has an inherent right to self-defense in the face of terrorist attacks; now therefore,
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF ALABAMA, BOTH HOUSES THEREOF CONCURRING, That the State of Alabama:
(1) Expresses vigorous support and unwavering commitment to the welfare, security, and survival of the State of Israel as a Jewish and democratic state with secure borders, and recognizes its right to act in self-defense to protect its citizens against Hamas’s unceasing aggression.
(2) Reiterates that Hamas must end the rocket and mortar attacks against Israel, recognize Israel’s right to exist, renounce violence, agree to abide by previous agreements between Israel and the Palestinians, and verifiably dismantle its terrorist infrastructure.
(3) Encourages the Administration to work actively to support a durable and sustainable cease-fire in Gaza, as soon as possible, that prevents Hamas from retaining or rebuilding its terrorist infrastructure, including the capability to launch rockets and mortars against Israel, and thereby allowing for the long-term improvement of daily living conditions for the people of Gaza.
(4) Condemns Hamas for deliberately embedding its fighters, leaders, and weapons in private homes, schools, mosques, hospitals, and otherwise using Palestinian civilians as human shields, while simultaneously targeting Israeli civilians; and to lay blame both for the breaking of the calm and for subsequent civilian casualties in Gaza precisely where blame belongs, that is, on Hamas.
Israel and Hamas reached a ceasefire agreement on Thursday, which has held into Saturday.
Sean Ross is the editor of Yellowhammer News. You can follow him on Twitter @sean_yhn