My thoughts and prayers are with the people of Israel as once again they face the threat of missiles fired into their country.  I also know how deeply troubling this is for my Jewish constituents, many of whom have friends and relatives in Israel, and all of whom long for peace.  I have been to Israel five times and always come home inspired by the depth of history, religion and culture embodied in the state of Israel.  And I share both the longing for a secure and lasting peace, and the frustration at the inability to achieve it.

The solutions are, of course, complex and do not lend themselves to easy answers.  But we must respect Israel's right to defend itself and continue to build on the strong relationship that exists between Israel and the United States.

I will continue to work with my colleagues in Congress, my constituents and the Obama administration to do anything we can to stop this latest surge of violence and to try, however hard it may be, to keep working towards a long-term, peaceful two-state solution.

Please stay in touch and let me know if I can answer any questions or if you have any suggestions for how I should engage further in the efforts to resolve this crisis.