A gaggle of GOP senators are in Israel this week, touring the harm brought on by the current bloody battle with Hamas and affirming US assist for the Jewish state.
Sens. Ted Cruz (R-Tx.), Lindsey Graham (R-SC) and Bill Hagerty (R-Tenn.), all of whom serve on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, touched down in Israel Sunday afternoon earlier than Cruz and Hagerty had dinner with members of the Kohelet Policy Forum, a right-wing suppose tank.
Speaking to the Washington Free Beacon earlier than leaving DC, Cruz defined that he organized the journey “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.”
Hagerty mentioned he deliberate to talk with Israeli political leaders about what steps the US may take to strengthen the Abraham Accords, the Trump-era settlement normalizing relations between Israel and two Gulf international locations: Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates.
Biden has pledged to build on the work of his predecessor, repeatedly praising the diplomatic achievements that introduced collectively the three international locations.
The Tennessee senator mentioned he additionally needed 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.”
Graham, in the meantime, appeared alongside embattled Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Wednesday morning to tout the how their international locations’ alliance helps to fight Iranian aggression.
“To every American, what happens with Iran matters not only to America but to the world. The worst possible outcome for the world is to allow the Iranian regime to acquire nuclear capability because our Arab friends will not tolerate that,” Graham defined, “They feel more threatened by Iran than they do Israel.”
“So my hope is to find an alternative to the JCPOA that will allow for nuclear power but not create a nuclear arms race through enrichment, and that’s the existential threat to the state of Israel and the world, writ large,” he continued, referencing the 2015 Iran nuclear deal, brokered underneath then-President Obama and deserted by then-President Trump.
President Biden is at the moment working to rejoin the settlement.
Israel got here underneath assault by a barrage of rockets launched by Hamas from the Gaza Strip earlier this month, sending residents fleeing for shelter as air raid sirens blared throughout Israel’s cities.
Hamas claimed the assaults got here in response to a conflict between Israeli police and Palestinian worshipers on the Al-Aqsa mosque on the shut of Ramadan.
Hamas, an Islamic fundamentalist offshoot of Egypt’s Muslim Brotherhood, took Gaza in the 2007 Palestinian civil battle in opposition to the less-radical management of the Palestinian Authority.
Israel’s Iron Dome protection system intercepted lots of the rockets, with the streaks of interceptor missiles lighting up the sky.
The spasm of violence has produced a few of the worst combating between Israel and the phobia group since their 2014 battle.
A cease-fire was brokered simply earlier than the top of final weekend, and was holding as of 1 week later Monday.