California Governor Gavin Newsom (D) is making an unexpected trip to Israel to support the Jewish state as it fights Hamas terrorists in the wake of a devastating attack on October 7 that left over 1,400 people dead, over 4,000 injured, and over 200 kidnapped.
The San Francisco Chronicle reported:
“California Gov. Gavin Newsom announced a surprise trip to Israel on Thursday ahead of a previously announced trip the Democratic governor is taking to China.
“The governor adjusted his planned international trip and will briefly visit Israel ahead of going to China,” spokesperson Erin Mellon said in a statement Thursday. “While in Israel, the governor will meet with those impacted by the violence.”
Newsom will arrive in Israel on Friday and depart later that day, Mellon said. California is also sending some medical supplies to the region, she said.”
After the incident, Newsom had already expressed his support for Israel.
The incident had an impact on Californians, both as victims and survivors.
His left-wing constituency, which has come out in support of the Palestinians with nary a word of condemnation for the Hamas terrorists, will be upset by Newsom's visit. For instance, left-leaning students in San Francisco held a walkout on Wednesday in support of Palestinians (and against Israel).
But because most Americans back Israel in the conflict, the visit will raise his national stature.
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