AUSTIN (CBSDFW.COM) - Governor Rick Perry of Texas released a statement Friday supporting Israel in its ongoing conflict with Hamas.
"Israel has an absolute right and responsibility to defend its people against any and all terrorist attacks, including the vicious rocket attacks by Hamas and other terrorist groups against civilian targets in Israel's cities and towns," said Perry in a written statement.
Gaza militants have been bombarding Israeli with daily rocket fire, drawing Israeli airstrikes in retaliation.
"As Israel's long-time friend and partner, it's the United States' responsibility and honor to stand with the Israeli people during this difficult time. Israel is our closest ally in the Middle East, and we offer our complete solidarity with her today as she faces these attacks with courage and determination," Perry continued.
Israel's prime minister says he will not cave in to international pressure to stop a military offensive in the Gaza Strip.
Benjamin Netanyahu told a news conference Friday that Israel will continue its offensive until rocket fire out of Gaza is halted.
He says he has had "good conversations" with a number of world leaders in recent days, including President Barack Obama and European leaders.
"No international pressure will prevent us from acting with all power," he said.
Netanyahu said Israel has attacked more than 1,000 targets in Gaza during the four-day operation and is using twice the force it used during a similar offensive in 2012.
"Our prayers are with everyone in danger's path, as are our hopes for a timely and lasting peace," concluded Perry.
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