According to Newsmax’s Jerusalem correspondent Daniel Cohen, Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Minn.), who has not yet issued an apology or taken down a social media post accusing Israel of bombing a hospital in Gaza City, was asked whether the Democrats, who were present in Israel with a bipartisan group of U.S. senators,
Independent investigations, including those conducted by the US, came to the conclusion that Palestinian terrorists fired unintentionally and hit the vicinity of the hospital. Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.), who intervened before Cohen could finish his question, cut him off. “Stop,” he ordered. Senator Graham, it’s a reasonable question, Cohen retorted.
We are not gathered here to discuss the numerous issues at home, according to Graham. “I have my own ideas on what to say. You won’t make a mistake here. Graham said, “Get this guy out of here,” in response to Cohen’s protests that he wasn’t trying to mess anything up. I reside here. I’m from Israel.
The question needs a response, Cohen said. (No one took him away.) “I’m an American, and I believe in free speech,” Graham declared. “I have no faith in whatever the ‘Squad’ has to say. But I came here to tell everyone in the world, “Don’t judge every Democrat by the “Squad,” and don’t judge every Republican by some of the things,” together with Democrats and Republicans.
The House will get their act together, but we still have to take care of business, Graham said. He subsequently expressed regret to Cohen. “I apologize, my friend. I definitely shouldn’t have said this, but right now my nerves are frayed.
Along with Graham, Democratic senators Ben Cardin of Maryland, Jack Reed of Rhode Island, Susan Collins of Maine, John Thune of South Dakota, Chris Coons of Delaware, Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut, Cory Booker of New Jersey, Dan Sullivan of Alaska, and Katie Boyd Britt of Alabama visited Israel.
According to Reed’s article, the trip was bipartisan and included stops in Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Israel to show support for Israel and to talk about regional security issues. He stated, “We reaffirmed Israel’s right to defend itself and the responsibility to safeguard innocent lives in Gaza and around the world.”
Thune stated that he and his colleagues have demonstrated “our unwavering support for Israel,” adding that Hamas must be defeated if the entire globe, especially this region, is to become a safer, more secure, and more stable place. According to Coons, the delegation met with Benny Gantz, the chairman of the National Unity Party, and Yair Lapid, the head of the Israeli opposition, “as well as other members of the emergency war cabinet, where we expressed our solidarity with the Israeli people.”
The world leaders Blumenthal met “agree [that] Hamas is a scourge that must be fought and dismantled,” Blumenthal wrote. Blumenthal said the group met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, other officials, and families of Americans held hostage in Gaza by Hamas. “We must stand together to deter Iran, which enables and empowers Hamas, and ensure that Iran’s malign proxies don’t expand this conflict,” he said.
“My dad emigrated to America from Nazi Germany. His only other possession was the shirt on his back. He did not speak English. He hardly knew anyone. Over time, he brought his three siblings with him, and his sister also arrived in Israel, where she later got married and started a family,” he wrote.
“One of my cousins is currently serving in the IDF front lines. I recognized every one of my family members when I met with the relatives and loved ones of those who have been held hostage by Hamas. “The whole world needs to see the severe brutality, viciousness, and evil of Hamas’s actions,” Sullivan wrote. “In this conflict, there is no moral equality. None.”