Representative Castor on Gaza Attacks
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01/05/09 Seán Kinane
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U. S. Rep. Kathy Castor (D)


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Much of Israel’s military hardware, including the Apache helicopters and F-16 fighter jets used in the aerial bombardment of the Gaza Strip, is built in the United States and is included as part of several billion dollars per year in military aid from this country to Israel. This morning WMNF asked U.S. Representative Kathy Castor, a Democrat from Tampa, whether she will take action in Congress to cut off military aid or to condemn Israel’s attacks on Gaza.

“No, I’m going to -- I’m listening to all sides now, but I have to tell you that once someone begins firing rocket into your home you have a right to respond.”

But when asked whether that means she would support the right of the Palestinians in Gaza to respond militarily to Israel’s attacks, Representative Castor switched from speaking about supporting military action to rhetorically supporting peace.

“I hope – I hope they can all work for peace now and turn the corner. It’s a difficult situation.”

U.S. Representative Kathy Castor

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