U.S. Senator Katie Britt, R-Alabama, joined a cross-party group of senators in Israel over the weekend as part of an official trip to the Middle East. The delegation, led by Senator Lindsey Graham ,R-S.C.,and Senate Foreign Relations Committee Chairman Ben Cardin ,D-Md., held a press conference detailing their observations and discussions in Israel. Their visit comes in the aftermath of the horrific terrorist attacks carried out by Hamas on October 7.
In a heartfelt address, Senator Britt expressed gratitude towards Senators Graham and Cardin for organizing the trip. Britt emphasized that the senators, irrespective of their party affiliations, were united in their stance as Americans in support of Israel.
Senator Britt recounted the harrowing experiences narrated to them by the families of the hostages. Drawing attention to the extreme brutalities, she called the acts “disgusting, despicable, and pure evil.” Britt highlighted the atrocities committed during the attacks, including children witnessing the killing of their parents and other heinous acts.
Asserting her belief that people of various faiths can coexist harmoniously, Britt stated that good cannot coexist with evil. She characterized Hamas as “pure evil,” supporting Israel’s right and responsibility to defend itself. Quoting President Reagan, Senator Britt reaffirmed the delegation’s unwavering support for Israel, stating, “evil cannot exist if the good are unafraid.”
Several other prominent senators were part of the delegation. This includes Senate Minority Whip John Thune ,R-S.Dak., Senate Appropriations Committee Vice Chair Susan Collins ,R-Maine, Senate Armed Services Committee Chairman Jack Reed ,D-R.I., and Senators Dan Sullivan ,R-Alaska, Chris Coons ,D-Del., Cory Booker ,D-N.J., and Richard Blumenthal ,D-Conn..
The delegation’s visit is seen as a gesture to bolster U.S.-Israel relations and emphasize America’s unequivocal support for Israel. The senators’ unified stand against the brutalities and in favor of peace is expected to send a strong message to adversaries and allies alike.