Mayor Murray statement regarding City Council action on Middle East conflicts

Mayor Murray has released the following statement about City Council action on conflicts in the Middle East:

“It is important to recognize the tragic loss of lives on both sides of the Israeli and Palestinian conflict. However, it does not benefit anyone to demonize the state of Israel. Seattle – as a city – should speak with a moral voice, and we are a city made up of people from both sides of the divide.

I will not sign or support Councilmember Sawant’s resolution.

Hamas must realize the right of Israel to exist. We hope that the White House and international leaders are able to come to a permanent ceasefire agreement to limit the loss of life.”