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Cruz and Hagerty will also meet with Israeli leaders in a show of support

Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Bill Hagerty of Tennessee traveled to Israel on Sunday to survey the damage stemming from the country's recent military clashes with Hamas.

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Cruz and Hagerty will also meet with Israeli leaders in a show of support

The senators will tour several southern cities damaged in the fighting throughout their excursion, the Washington Free Beacon reported. Cruz and Hagerty may even meet with Israeli leaders in a series of support after the most intense fighting in the region as 2014.

Cruz told the Free Beacon said he made the trip"to listen to and find out firsthand what our Israeli allies will need to defend themselves and to show the international community which we stand unequivocally with Israel."

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's cabinet approved a cease-fire with Hamas before this month following 11 days of fighting. President Biden and other top members of his administration have publicly called for an end to hostilities.

Biden has vowed to help Israeli's effort to replenish its"Iron Dome" missile defense system as well as financial aid for reconstruction in Gaza.

"I am linking Senator Cruz, my colleague on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, to visit Israel and endure shoulder-to-shoulder together with our allies after they suffered the worst terrorist strikes in the past several years because I want to see firsthand what greater the U.S. can do to strengthen our vital alliance with Israel in a time when terrorists like Hamas and Hezbollah and terror-sponsoring regimes in Iran and Syria are creating the Middle East more dangerous," Hagerty said in an announcement.

Cruz and other leading Republicans have accused Democrats of failing to adequately support Israel, a key US ally. Notable progressives, such as Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-NY, had raised objections to a planned $735 million arms sale to Israel.

Cruz and Hagerty were one of a group of Senate Republicans who introduced a resolution supporting extra arms sales.

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