WHIPPANY - U.S. Sen. Robert Menendez and Rep. Leonard Lance were among those who spoke Monday morning at a rally supporting Israel amid the ongoing conflict in the Gaza Strip.

The event was held by the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest New Jersey at the Alex Aidekman Family Jewish Community Campus in Whippany. 

Sen. Menendez was among four U.S. senators who authored a resolution supporting Israel’s self-defense against Hamas attacks in Gaza.

“The resolution reaffirms in no uncertain terms that the United States stands with Israel as it continues Operation Protective Edge to eliminate Hamas’ terrorist infrastructure in Gaza and restore deterrence so that innocent Israeli citizens can live in peace and security.”

A spokesperson for American Muslims for Palestine called the framing of the situation by Israel problematic and told News 12 New Jersey “To think Palestinians don't want peace is ridiculous.”

President Barack Obama expressed serious concern Monday about the rising number of casualties in the Gaza Strip.
Obama on Monday called for an immediate cease-fire. He's asking Secretary of State John Kerry to do whatever he can to help negotiate one at talks in Egypt.
Israel's fight against Hamas has killed at least 530 Palestinians and 20 Israelis and displaced tens of thousands of people from Gaza in the past two weeks.

AP wire services contributed to this report.