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December 18, 2020 10:50 am

‘We Will Stand Very Firm With Israel,’ Says Incoming Alabama Rep. Jerry Carl

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Congressman-elect Jerry Carl (R-Ala.). Photo: Jerry Carl for Congress/Facebook. – Jerry Carl, a Republican, easily defeated Democrat James Averhart in the US House of Representatives race on Nov. 3 in Alabama’s 1st Congressional District to succeed Republican Rep. Bradley Byrne, who unsuccessfully ran for the US Senate.

Carl, 62, a devout Christian and married businessman with two children, said that not only do the United States and Israel have things in common, so do Christians and Jews.

He has been to Israel once, three years ago, and expressed mixed feelings about the nine-day church trip, which included a stop at the Gaza border.

“It was really disheartening. I hate to put it that way, but I love the country, I love the people,” he said. “The places where Jesus was are just so commercialized. It took away a little of the image I had of it.”

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