WASHINGTON—U.S. Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.), a member of the U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Committee, on Wednesday made the following statement:

“I’m worried for my friends in Israel who are facing hundreds of rocket attacks from Islamic Jihad over the last 24 hours. Israel has every right to defend itself proportionally from these attacks, and it’s clear we must continue to support Israel’s advanced missile defense system,” said Murphy. “Palestinians and Israelis have both been targeted by the Salafist terrorist group Islamic Jihad, and I am deeply concerned about civilian casualties in Israel and Gaza resulting from the recent violence. I strongly support efforts to achieve an immediate ceasefire and alleviate the long-term humanitarian crisis that threatens to further deteriorate the situation in Gaza.”