US President Joe Biden once again assured Israel of his country’s steadfast support in the wake of the major attack carried out by the Palestinian extremist Islamic organization Hamas. Biden said in a televised speech at the White House yesterday that the attack on Israel was “an act of absolute evil.” “The United States stands behind Israel. “We will ensure that the Jewish and democratic State of Israel is able to defend itself – today, and tomorrow, as we have always done.”
“Like every country in the world, Israel has the right and duty to respond to these treacherous attacks,” Biden said. At the same time, he indirectly called on Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, with whom he spoke by phone shortly before his speech, to show consideration for civilians in the Gaza Strip. “Terrorists target and kill civilians,” Biden said. On the other hand, democracies such as the United States and Israel would adhere to martial law.
Kidnapping of American citizens
Biden said that the Hamas attack on Saturday killed “at least 14 American citizens.” He also confirmed that American citizens were among the hostages held by Hamas. “We now know that American citizens are among those detained by Hamas.” Biden announced that American experts would help the Israeli authorities release the hostages.
The US President also announced that he would send additional armed forces to the region if necessary. After the Hamas attack began, the United States had already sent additional forces to the region as a “deterrent force,” including an aircraft carrier. “We stand ready to move additional resources if necessary,” Biden said.
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