Thune part of bipartisan delegation that visits Israel  (Audio)

October 24, 2023

South Dakota U.S. Senator John Thune joined a bipartisan group of his colleagues in traveling to Tel Aviv, Israel.

He says the group traveled there to deliver a message to our ally…

“The barbarism we saw on October the 7th cannot stand,” Thune said. “Israel has a right to exist. Israel has a right to defend itself, and not be threatened on a daily basis, right on its border, by a terror organization whose main mission is wiping it off the map.”

Israel has retaliated against Hamas, cutting off supplies to Gaza and conducting air strikes.

“The only people who benefit from Hamas’ activities in this region are their enablers in Tehran,” Thune said. Tehran is the capital of Iran, whose government has supported Hamas.

Thune says groups like Hamas must be eliminated if we want to see a safer world.

He’s also calling on Congress to approve a long-term freeze on a six-billion-dollar payment from the U.S. to Iran.