FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 19, 2009
STATEMENT BY MAYOR MICHAEL R. BLOOMBERG ON CEASEFIRES ANNOUNCED BY ISRAEL AND HAMAS
"The ceasefires announced by Israel and Hamas come as a great relief. Free and democratic nations cannot lie down in the face of terrorist activity, and Israel's strikes succeeded in significantly weakening Hamas' terrorist apparatus. The deaths of innocent civilians, Palestinians and Israelis, is a terrible tragedy, and my thoughts and prayers remain with the families of all the victims. Tomorrow we begin a new era in American politics, and we can only hope that the current cessation of hostilities will begin a new era of peace between Israelis and Palestinians."
Stu Loeser (212) 788-2958