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US stands with Israel amid Hamas conflict

In a time of escalating violence in the Middle East, President Joe Biden reiterated on Saturday the “solid and unwavering” support of his administration towards Israel.

In response to recent attacks by the terrorist group Hamas, which have left hundreds dead and over 1,000 injured. During a message from the White House, he expressed:

“Today the people of Israel are under attack orchestrated by a terrorist organization, Hamas. In this moment of tragedy, I want to say to them and to the world, and to terrorists everywhere, that the United States stands with Israel. We will not ever fail to have their back.”

Biden, accompanied by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, conveyed from the State Dining Room, condemning the violence that occurred Saturday morning.

US support for Israel is “solid and unwavering”

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu earlier stated they were “at war” with Hamas, following a barrage of rockets and invasions in Israeli towns leaving over 100 Israelis dead and more than 1,000 wounded, including numerous civilians.

Reports from the New York Times indicated that nearly 200 Palestinians were killed and over 1,600 were wounded in the ensuing clashes. Biden, who had a phone conversation with Netanyahu, reiterated American support, stating:

“Israel has the right to defend itself and its people. Full stop. There is never a justification for terrorist attacks.” He also spoke with King Abdullah II of Jordan about the attacks.

The Biden administration faced criticism from some Republicans, arguing that by unfreezing $6 billion in Iranian oil funds, they might have indirectly empowered Hamas. However, officials rebutted this connection, emphasizing that the unfrozen funds, intended for humanitarian purposes, did not come from US taxpayers.

Matthew Miller, State Department spokesperson, declared:

“Let’s be clear: the deal to bring U.S. citizens home from Iran has nothing to do with the horrific attack on Israel… Not a penny has been spent, and when it is, it can only go for humanitarian needs like food and medicine.”

It remains unclear whether the Biden administration will send aid to Israel or how they will respond to Saturday’s attacks and any future confrontations in the Middle East. Congressional efforts to back Israel could be complicated due to the absence of a Speaker in the House, following the ousting of Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) last week.

With information from The Hill

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