California Senate Republican Caucus Issues Statement of Support for Israel

Today, the California Senate Republican Caucus issued the following statement in support of Israel:

“Over the weekend, on the major Jewish holiday Simchat Torah and the 50th anniversary of the Yom Kippur War, Hamas terrorists invaded Israel, killing over 900 people and taking at least 130 civilians hostage, including women, children, elderly, and young people at a music festival. Media outlets are reporting that Americans have been abducted and killed. The images and videos of Hamas’s barbaric attack are shocking and sickening—videos of Jewish children in cages, bodies desecrated in the street, live streams of innocent civilians being murdered.

"Not since the Holocaust has this large a number of Jews been killed in a single day. There is no justification for this appalling violence. Our hearts go out to those under fire, harmed, kidnapped, and murdered by terrorists. We are praying for peace and security.

"Israel has every right to defend itself and must secure the region by all means necessary. Hamas must be defeated and pay for their war crimes. We stand with Israel. California stands with Israel. America stands with Israel.”