Sen. Jeff Merkley, a progressive Democrat in Oregon, called on Israel and Hamas, a militant Palestinian group, to end their hostilities.

Only the second senator to support a ceasefire has made this statement. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.), embraced the concept earlier this month. However, he seemed to condition his support upon the release of Israelis held hostage by Hamas.

In a lengthy statement affirming his horror at Hamas’ Oct. 7 attack and the state of Israel’s right to live in security, Merkley Israel is accused of not taking adequate measures to limit the humanitarian impact in Gaza or protect Palestinian civilians. More than 12,000 Palestinians have died in Israel’s invasion of the Gaza Strip, including 4,000 children, according to estimates by Gaza’s health ministry, a part of the Hamas-run government that has provided accurate tallies in the past. And more than 1 million Gazans have evacuated the northern part of Gaza amid Israel’s ground invasion, which has created still greater obstacles to accessing food, water, medical care and adequate shelter.

“After grimly witnessing accelerating body counts, many Americans, including thousands of Oregonians, have raised their voices to say more must be done to stop the carnage,” He said. “I agree. So today I am calling for a cease-fire.”

Israel claims that it only bombs civilian housing and infrastructure when Hamas militants are using them. The deaths of Palestinians civilians are regrettable but not deliberate.

Merkley It was suggested that the intentions of those involved in the attack are not as important when the damage is so large. “The impression the world has been left with is one of indiscriminate bombing,” He said.

Addressing Israel’s 56-year-long occupation of the West Bank and increasingly right-ward political turn, Merkley described his gradual realization that the country he first visited in 1978 was headed down a dark path that culminated in the current Israeli government’s inclusion of far-right, Jewish supremacist parties.

“When I returned to Israel for the fifth time earlier this year, the pace of oppression had increased,” He said.

“By waging a war that generates a shocking level of civilian carnage rather than a targeted campaign against Hamas, Israel is burning through its reserves of international support.”

– Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.)

The statement is a whole. Merkley He described himself as a frustrated friend and hoped to guide Israel towards a more enlightened self-interest. The current invasion of Gaza could threaten Israel’s treaties with Arab nations, lead to a regional war, and leave Israel less safe, Merkley The following are some of the ways to get in touch with each other.

“I believe that Israel, in its understandable rage, is also making a massive mistake,” said Merkley, likening it to what he sees as the United States’ overreaction following the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks. “By waging a war that generates a shocking level of civilian carnage rather than a targeted campaign against Hamas, Israel is burning through its reserves of international support. Too many civilians and too many children have died, and we must value each and every child equally whether they are Israeli or Palestinian.”

Merkley He is one of most progressive senators in the Senate Democratic Caucus. He is one of the most progressive members of the Senate Democratic Caucus. routinely votes against the annual national defense spending bills, arguing that the Pentagon’s budget is already excessive.

It is still notable that he supports a ceasefire, given how rare this is in the Senate. In the House, by contrast, Missouri Rep. Cori Bush’s nonbinding resolution 17 House Democrats support the call for a cessation of hostilities.

Sens. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) ― along with Merkley, the most progressive three members of the Senate ― have called for “pauses” Fighting so that humanitarian aid may enter Gaza

Given his history of outspokenness in defense of Palestinian human rights, Sanders’ decision not to back a cease-fire of indefinite length has been a source of particular disappointment among leftists and other pro-Palestinian activists. In a CNN interview He questioned earlier this month how a “permanent cease-fire” would be possible with Hamas considering the group’s dedication to “turmoil and chaos and destroying the state of Israel.” The American Israel Public Affairs Committee, the country’s most powerful pro-Israel lobby and a longtime foe to Sanders, posted a clip The interview was viewed positively.

Joe Biden also refused to accept any calls for a cessation of hostilities, in an article written by him. op-ed in The Washington Post Hamas would be able to rearm itself with a prolonged pause in the war.

He has encouraged Israel not to fight for several days, to allow the residents of Northern Gaza to leave and, eventually, to ensure the safe release hostages. Israel has agreed only to daily fighting pauses lasting four hours.