Hochul heads to Israel on 'solidarity mission'

Hochul heads to Israel on 'solidarity mission'

ALBANY, N.Y. — Gov. Kathy Hochul is heading to Israel on Tuesday to show support for the country amid its war with Hamas.

New York has the largest Jewish population in the world outside of Israel, and the Democratic governor has been an ardent supporter of the country’s efforts to fight the Palestinian militant group after it attacked Israel earlier this month.

“During these difficult times, it’s more important than ever for New York to show up in support of Israel,” Hochul said in a statement.

“Tomorrow I’ll be traveling to Israel for a solidarity mission where I plan to meet with diplomatic leaders and communities who have been devastated by the horrific Hamas attacks. New York will show the world that we stand with Israel — today, tomorrow and forever.”

Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams have voiced unwavering support for Israel and have condemned antisemitism at pro-Palestinian rallies.

New York has also beefed up security around religious institutions amid concern that the war could spark violence in the state. The trip comes a day before President Joe Biden also heads to Israel. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, a fellow New Yorker, went to Israel last weekend.

Before Hochul leaves, her office said, she will meet with Jeff Zients, the White House chief of staff, on immigration and U.S. support for Israel.

“I am so proud to govern a state that has the largest Jewish population in the world outside of Israel,” Hochul said at a pro-Israel rally on Oct. 10 in Manhattan. “I’m proud of that. You’re proud of that. We are all proud of that.”

She added: “And I’ll continue to fight antisemitism every place it rears its ugly head. We will defeat evil right here in New York. Let’s win this, everyone. Let’s stick together. New York stands with Israel.”

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