Alabama’s junior U.S. Senator Katie Britt (R-Montgomery) brought a mother’s viewpoint during a visit to the war-torn Middle East this past weekend, where she and seven other U.S. Senators of both parties met with key leaders in the region and “emphasized the United States’ unequivocal support for Israel in the wake of the brutal terrorist attacks by Hamas October 7.”
Britt and other members of Congress have expressed unilateral support for Israel following the attack. Britt joined Sens. Lindsay Graham (R-S.C.) and Ben Cardin (D-Md.) at a press conference to discuss the trip and what they saw while in the Middle East. They were scheduled to visit Israel, Egypt, and Saudi Arabia.
Near tears, Britt relayed her experience with the people in Israel and its effect on her.
“When we walked in the room today and talked to the families of these hostages, I listened as a mom, I listened as a wife, as a daughter, as a sister,” Britt said. “Thinking what these families are going through, thinking what each individual hostage is going through, is absolutely unbearable. When we watched the videos and heard the stories today, the things that happened were unthinkable. The loss of life, kids having to watch their parents be murdered. Parents having to watch their children be burned to death, women having to be raped, kids decapitated. It’s disgusting, it’s despicable, and it is pure evil.”
As a mom, as a wife, as a daughter, as a sister — thinking what these families are going through, thinking what each individual hostage is going through, is absolutely unimaginable. pic.twitter.com/wg4dWkNdnn— Senator Katie Boyd Britt (@SenKatieBritt) October 22, 2023
Britt echoed the sentiments of U.S. Sen. Tommy Tuberville (R-Auburn) and others who have expressed a desire to destroy and expel Hamas from the region.
“Make no mistake, I believe that people of all faiths can coexist in peace and prosperity. But I do not believe that good can coexist with evil. And when evil rears its head, we must look it in the eyes, and we must take it down. And Hamas is pure evil. Israel has every right to defend herself, and not only the right, they have the obligation, the obligation to their children and their children’s children. They have an obligation to the innocent. They have an obligation to the peace-loving people of this world. And that is ultimately what we want. We want Hamas to be destroyed, and we want peace to be restored.”
Three days after the Hamas attacks in the Gaza Strip, Britt was part of a Zoom meeting of 247 U.S. activists developing a strategy to support Israel in the face of the terrorist attacks. It featured Britt and Auburn head basketball coach Bruce Pearl.
Organized by the U.S. Israel Education Association, the group called for immediate action by the Biden administration and Congress to assist Israel. Congress has been unable to act because the U.S. House of Representatives does not have a Speaker due to an impasse.
Britt told the group she signed onto a letter that morning to President Joe Biden urging him to immediately freeze the $6 billion he gave to Iran as part of a hostage deal. Iran has close ties to anti-Israel terrorists.
“I am disgusted by what is going on in Israel. I am disappointed and disgusted with the way the Biden administration handled things. It encouraged the terrorists,” Britt said.
Britt said that Iran’s stated goal is “to wipe Israel off the face of the earth,” adding that Hamas, Hezbollah and the Houthis in Yemen are proxies for Iran.
“We are not going to let this go,” she had declared.
Britt said she is working to “make sure we stand firmly with Israel. Those terrorists in the region want to create unrest.”
Britt and members of the CODEL, meaning a congressional delegation on an official visit abroad, will de-brief Secretary of State Antony Blinken after the trip.
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