Sens. Cruz, Hagerty visit Israel to survey aftermath of recent violence

A violent conflict broke out between Israel and Hamas last month that proved to be among the deadliest clashes between the two sides in recent memory.

In driving that point home, U.S. Sens. Ted Cruz (R-TX) and Bill Hagerty (R-TN) shared some startling images they captured during a recent trip to Israel.

“This is all that remains”

The two lawmakers, both staunch supporters of the Jewish state, recently assessed the damage caused by a barrage of missiles from across its border with the Gaza Strip.

Although Israel’s advanced rocket defense system intercepted hundreds of Hamas strikes, many made it through and struck civilian targets throughout the country — including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem.

For his part, Cruz visited what was recently the home of an elderly woman in the southern city of Askelon. Rockets completely destroyed the residence and killed the resident’s caretaker.

The Texas Republican shared an image of the wreckage in a tweet on Monday.

“What our Israeli allies need”

He went on to share a photo of the same home along with some of the eerie nearby scenery, including the elderly woman’s walker standing among mounds of rubble.

Both GOP senators serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and felt that a trip to Israel was important as a way to show solidarity with Israeli leaders.

Cruz said he initiated the trip “to hear and see firsthand what our Israeli allies need to defend themselves and to show the international community that we stand unequivocally with Israel.”

His statement also mentioned the rise in anti-Israeli sentiment from the other side of the aisle, asserting: “Far too many Democrats morally equivocated between Israel and the terrorists attacking them, and fringe progressive Democrats went even further with wild accusations and conspiracy theories.”

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