WASHINGTON, D.C. – Representative Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Chairman of the House Armed Services Committee, today released the following statement on the ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.

“I am relieved to see a ceasefire agreement between Israel and Hamas, a vital first step to ensuring no more Israeli or Palestinian lives are lost. The United States must support efforts to relieve the resulting humanitarian crisis and help prevent this vicious cycle of violence from resuming. We must work with Israel, the Palestinians, the UN, and other countries in the region towards a two-state solution and a lasting, durable peace for all Palestinians and Israelis.”