Two Republican senators just left for a visit to Israel, where they will reportedly get an up-close look at the damage sustained amid recent violence between the Israeli military and Hamas.
According to the Washington Free Beacon, GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (TX) and Bill Hagerty (TN) flew to Israel Sunday to survey the wreckage and meet with Israeli leaders.
The Free Beacon reports that the lawmakers hoped the meetings would “reaffirm the Republican Party’s unwavering support for the security alliance with America.”
“We stand unequivocally with Israel”
Both senators released statements prior to their trip indicating that they were looking forward to getting a “firsthand” look at the situation in Gaza, including a glimpse into what the U.S. may be able to do to help.
Cruz told the Free Beacon that the trip allowed an opportunity “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.”
The Texas lawmaker has been urging the Biden administration to help replenish Israel’s Iron Dome missiles, which the nation used to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas. Democrats have been pushing back on the idea, however, earning them the ire of Cruz.
“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,” the senator said, according to the Free Beacon.
Standing “shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies”
In a statement of his own to the Free Beacon, Hagerty said he joined his Senate Foreign Relations Committee colleague on the trip “to visit Israel and stand shoulder-to-shoulder with our allies after they endured the worst terrorist attacks in recent years.”
The Tennessee senator also said he wanted to see “firsthand what more the U.S. can do to strengthen our vital alliance with Israel at a time when terrorists like Hamas and Hezbollah and terror-sponsoring regimes in Iran and Syria are making the Middle East more dangerous,” as the Free Beacon reported.
Progressives push back
As Fox News notes in its own report on the senators’ trip, the Republicans’ approach stands in stark contrast to that of progressive Democrats like Sen. Bernie Sanders (VT) and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), who recently “raised objections to a planned $735 million arms sale to Israel,” Fox said.
Even Democrats who previously expressed support for Israel seem to be hesitating to do so as the latest conflict unfolds.
Republicans, however, have stood firm behind the long-standing U.S. ally — and Cruz and Hagerty’s trip is just one part of that.