Representative Joe Wilson

Representing the 2nd District of South Carolina

Supporting Israel’s Fight Against Terrorism

Oct 7, 2003
Press Release
Today, Congressman Joe Wilson (R-S.C.) made the following remarks from the House Floor: “Mr. Speaker, I rise today in support of Israel’s actions to destroy terrorists training camps in Syria, sending a message that terrorists cannot hide and will be destroyed wherever they are found,” said Congressman Wilson. “As the United States has defended itself against terrorism in Afghanistan and Iraq, Israel is defending itself against further attacks by the terrorist group Islamic Jihad. This violent group’s latest attack came on Saturday, before Yom Kippur, at a Haifa restaurant, killing 19 innocent people and injuring 55. “As President Bush has said, ‘Israel's got a right to defend herself, that Israel must not feel constrained in terms of defense of the homeland.’ No nation would sit by as their civilians are killed and terrorized, and Israel has a duty to protect its people. “Palestinians that desire peace must work to dismantle the terror networks, and so must the people of Syria. As United States UN Ambassador John Negroponte said, ‘Syria is on the wrong side of the War on Terrorism.’ Syria has harbored and supported terrorists, and this must end. “Israel is in the midst of a battle in the War on Terrorism, and America stands with her. “In conclusion, God bless our troops,” said Congressman Wilson. ###