Republicans Ted Cruz of Texas and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee visited Israel on Sunday to assess the damage caused by the country’s recent military clashes with Hamas.
Senators will visit several southern towns damaged by the fighting during their trip, the Washington Free Beacon reported. Cruz and Hagerty will also meet with Israeli leaders in support of the most intense fighting in the region since 2014.
Cruz told the Free Beacon that he made the trip “to hear and see firsthand what our Israeli allies need to defend themselves and to show the international community that we are unequivocal with Israel.”
The office of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu approved a ceasefire with Hamas earlier this month after 11 days of fighting. President Biden and other senior members of his administration have publicly called for an end to hostilities.
Biden pledged to support Israel’s efforts to rebuild its “Iron Dome” missile defense system as well as financial assistance for reconstruction in Gaza.
“I join Senator Cruz, my colleague on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, in visiting Israel and standing side by side with our allies after they suffered the worst terrorist attacks in recent years because I want to see my own eyes what the United States has more. can do to strengthen our vital alliance with Israel at a time when terrorists like Hamas and Hezbollah and the terrorist regimes in Iran and Syria are making the Middle East more dangerous, ”Hagerty said in a statement.
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Cruz and other prominent Republicans accused Democrats of failing to adequately support Israel, a key ally of the United States. Notable progressives, including Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., And Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, had raised objections to a planned $ 735 million arms sale to Israel.
Cruz and Hagerty were among a group of Senate Republicans who introduced a resolution supporting additional arms sales.
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