The president of the United States, Joe Biden, has reaffirmed his unconditional support for Israel after the “sickening atrocities” committed by Hamas in Israeli territory last Saturday, with a partial toll of 900 dead. “We must be crystal clear right now: we are with Israel“said the Democratic president in a speech to the nation, supporting the right of Israelis to defend themselves and respond after the massacres perpetrated in the south of the country.
Flanked by the vice president, Kamala Harrisand by the Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, Biden has shown his willingness to send additional aid to the conflict zone after having a telephone conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. “We will ensure that Israel has sufficient resources to defend itself,” she indicated, for which she hopes to have the support of a Congress paralyzed at this moment after the departure of the leader of the House of Representatives, Kevin McCarthy.
Furthermore, the president has confirmed the death of 14 Americans, three more than were known until now, and an undetermined number of those kidnapped by radical Palestinian militias in the Gaza Strip. “This is terrorism,” she said, describing the killings of entire families, the rapes carried out by attackers and the kidnapping of Holocaust survivors in a “violation of any code of human morality”; It is “pure, unadulterated evil,” she has hammered home.
As expected, Biden It has not called for a cessation of hostilities, nor has it advised that Israeli forces stop the attacks in the Gaza Strip that have already left almost a thousand dead in three days of bombing. In the previous conversation with Netanyahu has discussed the possible incursion of Israeli troops into Palestinian territory. “We are not urging that they be restricted right now,” said an official from the US Government quoted by CNN in relation to the call.
For Biden, Hamas has shown no interest in defending the interests of the Palestinian people, using civilians “as human shields.” The brutality of the massacre perpetrated by radical Islamists – described as carnage “at in the style of ISIS“-, seems to have left the former senator little room for maneuver when it comes to calling for a ceasefire. In the background, there are the 14 American deaths caused by the crisis and which could increase. Adrienne Neta, 66, is a Her eldest son, Nahar Neta, explained in a press conference on Tuesday that her mother was on the phone with her minutes before she disappeared.