Secretary of State issues statement on Israel

California Secretary of State Shirley N. Weber, Ph.D. issued the following statement on Israel.

“There is an African proverb that says when the elephants fight, it’s the grass that gets trampled. My heart goes out to those civilians, both Israeli and Palestinian, suffering in this conflict. I unequivocally condemn the attack on Israel. The brutality of targeting of civilians, including children and the elderly, will bring about no resolution for the suffering of the Palestinians. 

“My hope is that we and our allies will bring about an end to this immediate conflict and focus on addressing its underlying causes. All in the region deserve peace, the affirmation of their human and civil rights, and the opportunity to prosper.”