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'Friend of Israel' Sen. Lindsey Graham Tours Jewish State, Confronts Hamas Terrorism

03-11-2019
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South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham is in Israel this week to meet with government officials and learn about the security challenges threatening the Jewish state. 

Sen. Graham and US Ambassador David M. Friedman met with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the Prime Minister's residence in Jerusalem Monday morning. 

Netanyahu called Graham a "great friend of Israel" and said the two will tour the Golan Heights in northern Israel Monday. 

"I will go up with him to the Golan Heights as a continuation of efforts we are making to get the United States, together with other countries, to recognize Israeli sovereignty and the Israeli hold on the Golan," Netanyahu said. 

On Sunday, Sen. Graham joined Ambassador Friedman on a tour of a Hamas terror tunnel along the Gaza border Sunday. 

The tunnel was recently discovered by the Israel Defense Forces in an effort to thwart Hamas terrorism along Israel's southern border. The tunnels were built with the intention of transporting supplies, weapons, and terrorists into Israel. 

Sen. Graham documented his tunnel visit on Twitter, saying, "The tunnels have been used by groups like Hamas to smuggle weapons and terrorize Israeli citizens."

Ambassador Friedman also posted a picture of him and Sen. Graham touring the tunnel. 

"Cost of tunnel = cost of 2 new schools = cost of 30 new homes. #Hamas consistently makes the wrong choices for the people of #Gaza. Heartbreaking," Friedman tweeted.

Sen. Graham also took time to visit Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial.

Netanyahu announced that US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo will be visiting Israel next week to participate in a summit meeting in Jerusalem.

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