Chris Christie visits Israel to meet with families of hostages held by Hamas

Former New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie visited Israel on Sunday, becoming the first Republican presidential hopeful to visit the country since the Oct. 7 Hamas attacks.Christie started his trip with a tour of Kfar Azza, a kibbutz that was destroyed by Hamas militants. Speaking with reporters, he reiterated his support for Israel, saying, “I want the people of Israel to know that there are hundreds of millions of Americans who stand with them, who understand the atrocities that were committed, and why in the future we need to stand absolutely shoulder to shoulder with Israel.”

He also delivered a message to Americans demonstrating in favor of a cease-fire: “Come to Israel and see it for yourself.”

“We can’t ask Israel to stand down if they believe there is still a legitimate violent threat against them and their people, and I think there’s no question that there is,” he later added.