Tester Statement on Israel’s Agreement for Humanitarian Pauses in Gaza

U.S. Senator Jon Tester released the following statement in response to the announcement that Israel has agreed to daily four-hour pauses of military operations in Gaza:

“I support Israel’s decision to implement daily pauses of its military operations to improve our ability to free American hostages, allow for more innocent civilians to evacuate, and to facilitate the delivery of humanitarian assistance. This is a positive step in Israel’s continued campaign to counter Hamas.”

Immediately after Hamas launched terrorist attacks against Israel on October 7th, Tester issued a statement strongly condemning the attacks and supporting Israel’s right to defend itself. Tester became one of the first U.S. Senators to call on the Biden Administration to immediately freeze $6 billion in Iranian assets and has called on the Administration to make it the official policy of the United States. Additionally, Tester joined a group of more than thirty of his Senate colleagues in calling for humanitarian aid to be delivered into Gaza.