Oklahoma lawmakers voice support for Israel
(KTEN) — The United States is stepping up not only military support for Israel, but plenty of prayers and well wishes from Americans and their politicians.
"It's something every nation can do... to stand up for the value of people and civilians," said Oklahoma Sen. James Lankford.
The Republican lawmaker is one of many standing up for Israel after the October 7 attack by Hamas that triggered a conflict that has left more than 1,400 Israelis and at least 7,000 Palestinians dead.
Oklahoma state Rep. Josh Cantrell (R-District 49) is also showing his support for the Jewish state.
"Hamas' goal is to eliminate Israel, and that's just an unacceptable position," he said.
"Israel is entirely right when they have been attacked by a terrorist organization to be able to say, 'That organization cannot be allowed to do that to our nation again,'" Lankford said.
Both lawmakers emphasize strong links between Oklahoma and Israel.
"These worldwide impacts do effect us here at home," said Cantrell. "They're one of our strongest trade partners for the State of Oklahoma."
Aside from being major trade partners, Oklahoma also is home to an estimated 5,000 Jews.
"Heard the dialogue from many people about their travels back-and-forth, and their families and friends, and what they have personally experienced as a family based on this terrorist attack," Lankford said.
The United States has already sent military and humanitarian aid to Israel, and more aid has already been approved by the House of Representatives.