Governor Gavin Newsom released the following statement after his visit to Israel before traveling to China. While in Israel, the Governor met with survivors, affected families, and others.
The State of California is working to send medical supplies to support humanitarian efforts in Israel and Gaza.
“As I reflect on the wonderful people I just met today in Israel, I remember the deep connection between my home state and this country. A country that has faced many dark times was, and certainly is in one now.
“But amid this current struggle against terrorists are stories of unimaginable heroism — and unspeakable tragedy.
“I listened to the anguish and horror in a mother’s voice as she spoke about her son — a Californian currently held hostage in Gaza — whose arm was blown off by a terrorist’s grenade.
“I hugged a woman – another Californian, born in Los Angeles – who was shot in the leg by Hamas and left for dead, in truly horrific circumstances.
“I mourned with grieving families, I met with young soldiers fresh from bomb shelters and battlefields, and I sat with leaders who bear the responsibility of responding to all of this.
“Despite the terror, what I saw and heard from the people of Israel was a great sense of strength. A commitment to community and common purpose, especially in the most difficult times.
“That is the spirit of Israel. And this is also the spirit of California. We are bound by more than those who live in one place or another, or who have family here or there. My heart is heavy for all the innocent people under the crushing pressure of loss and grief, no matter which side of the fence they literally find themselves on.
“So as I prepare to leave, I share these words: may the memory of those who died be a blessing to the whole world.”
Governor Newsom visited the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center.