Chris Christie Becomes First GOP Candidate To Visit Israel Since the War Began

( – Former New Jersey Governor and current Republican presidential candidate Chris Christie traveled to Israel this weekend, becoming the first GOP presidential candidate to visit the Jewish nation since the October 7th terrorist attack from Hamas. The Israeli government reached out and invited him to visit, according to Christie.

Christie was unable to share details about his plans before his trip, citing security concerns. His travel plans do include visiting the southern part of Israel, near the Gaza border, called the “Gaza envelope region.” He visited Israel once before in 2012. It was his first trip abroad as governor.

Former Gov. Christie said the point of his trip is to ask questions and learn from people on the ground there. He said he hopes what he learns in the embattled Jewish state will make him a better candidate and a better president. Christie said he wants to see the country for himself and that someone who wants to become president can’t be afraid to go see “what’s happening on the ground.”

Christie is not a stranger to visiting war-torn areas, having visited Ukraine in August of this year. During that trip, he met with President Volodymyr Zelensky and laid flowers at a mass grave in Bucha, where the Ukrainian government claims that the Russian military committed war crimes against civilians.

The presidential hopeful has previously expressed support for a two-state solution between Israel and Palestine but said that until Hamas is taken care of, conversations about that possibility have stopped.

During the most recent Republican presidential debate, Christie said if he were president, he would tell Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that America is willing to support Israel “no matter what…you need” to help protect the sole Jewish state. He criticized the Israeli intelligence community, saying they failed the people of Israel in allowing the attack to happen, leading to the deaths of more than 1,400 people and the capture of over 200 hostages, some of whom are American citizens.

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