U.S. Sen. Katie Britt is making it clear that she will continue to support Israel after returning from a recent trip to the Middle East.
— Senator Katie Boyd Britt (@SenKatieBritt) October 25, 2023
Britt (R-Montgomery) recently visited Israel with a bipartisan group of senators led by Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C).
The trip was in response to the Oct. 7 terrorist attacks by Hamas, killing around 1,400 people in Israel and kidnapping dozens.
“[W]e traveled together to send a very clear message,” Britt said. “The United States stands with Israel, our great ally, friend, and partner.”
The senator detailed some of what she saw and learned on her trip to the country.
“What we saw and heard in Israel is truly unimaginable,” she said. “October 7th is a day that will forever live in infamy, not just in Israel but across the entire globe. People have said it’s like our Pearl Harbor or when we experienced 9/11, but the difference is instead of their attackers being oceans away, these barbaric terrorists who attacked Israel are their neighbors.
“Just miles separate the innocent people of Israel from the very people who beheaded babies, burned children, raped women, slaughtered families, and kidnapped daughters and sons.”
Britt said Israel must fight back against the attacks against them by Hamas.
“Israel has not just a right to defend itself from terrorism, it has an existential obligation to do so and to ensure that this never happens again,” she said. “Make no mistake, Hamas didn’t just want to destroy peace, they wanted to destroy Israel and they will not stop.”
She also made it clear that Hamas doesn’t just hurt Israelis with their actions, but also harms the Palestinian people they’re supposed to govern.
“I also want people to understand this truth. Hamas is also the enemy of the Palestinian people,” she said. “Gaza’s enemy is within. America wants stability, dignity, and opportunity for the Palestinian people, for them to have peace and security. Hamas only wants to use the people of Gaza as human shields. They are cowards, and a future without Hamas is a bright future for Palestinians.
“Remember, Hamas didn’t just murder people in Israel, they killed their own people’s hopes and dreams.”
Britt concluded by calling on world leaders to work toward a real and lasting peace in the region.
“[P]eace does not exist of its own will,” she said. “It depends on us, on our courage to build it and guard it and pass it on to future generations. Dismantling Hamas is imperative for peace to prosper and we all must have the courage to do it.”