President Joe Biden recently had a phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu to express his support for Israel after the deadly attack by Palestinian Islamist group Hamas. In the call, Biden made it clear that the United States stands ready to offer all appropriate means of support to the Government and people of Israel. He emphasized that terrorism is never justified and that Israel has the right to defend itself and its people.
Following the phone call, President Biden held a public briefing to reiterate his support for Israel. He mentioned that he had been actively engaged with the situation since early in the morning, speaking with Congress members, the national security team, the military, and diplomats to ensure that Israel has the necessary support. Biden stated unequivocally that the United States stands with Israel and will not fail to have their back.
In response to the surprise attack by Hamas, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that his country is “at war.” This declaration further escalated the long-standing conflict in the region. The attack led to a significant number of casualties, with approximately 70 people killed and hundreds more injured in Israel. Israel’s counterattack against Gaza reportedly resulted in the deaths of around 200 Palestinians, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
President Biden’s support for Israel is echoed by other world leaders. French President Emmanuel Macron and Dutch Prime Minister Mark Rutte both expressed full support for Israel’s right to defend itself in their conversations with Netanyahu. Additionally, the Council of the European Union issued a statement affirming its support for Israel and calling for lasting peace in the region.
U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken also condemned the attacks carried out by Hamas and expressed support for Israel. In a statement posted on social media, Blinken unequivocally condemned the appalling attacks and reiterated the United States’ commitment to Israel’s security.
President Joe Biden’s phone call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his subsequent public briefing underscore the unwavering support of the United States for Israel. The global community has also expressed solidarity with Israel, condemning the attacks by Hamas and calling for lasting peace in the region. As the situation continues to develop, President Biden emphasized that his administration will remain in close touch with Israel.