Headshot of Alaska Sen. Dan Sullivan, May 6, 2016. Photo courtesy of Gage Skidmore

Sen. Dan Sullivan, R-Alaska, is urging Alaskans to recommit themselves to ending anti-Semitism and to pray for the safety of Jews in Alaska and around the globe. 

The senator on Monday issued a statement of his virtual remarks made last week at a Jewish community event in Anchorage, including a pledge to work in the U.S. Senate to “ensure that Israel has whatever assistance it needs to defend itself and its people and to defeat Hamas.”  

“We must be steadfast in fully supporting Israel’s right to defend itself, and to defeat and crush the Hamas terrorists who do not want peace, who only want the destruction of Israel, which they say all the time, and the death of more innocent civilians,” Sullivan said. “That is the reality facing Israel right now. And we must stand with them.”  

Sullivan said he mourned the 1,000-plus innocent lives lost and prayed for the safety of those taken hostage and those recovering from injuries.  

“We recommit ourselves to ending anti-Semitism in all its forms, and to defeating terrorists who have no regard for innocent human life. And, we pray for the safety of our Jewish community in Alaska and around the world,” he said.