United States President Joe Biden is set to visit Israel amid an ongoing conflict with Hamas fighters. The trip was confirmed by US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, and the White House released an official statement emphasizing strong support for Israel.
Preventing Wider Conflict
- Washington aims to prevent the current conflict between Israel and Hamas in Gaza from spreading to a larger conflict in the Middle East.
- Biden’s visit comes after Hamas fighters breached Israel’s heavily fortified Gaza border, initiating a surprise attack.
- Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared war on Hamas, resulting in significant casualties and destruction.
US Military Response
- The United States has dispatched two aircraft carrier strike groups to the eastern Mediterranean to deter hostile actions against Israel.
- The Pentagon has also put 2,000 troops on deployment alert for security purposes in the Middle East.
- During Secretary Blinken’s visit to Israel, sirens went off, prompting a temporary relocation to a bunker due to security risks.
- Biden has urged caution on Israel’s actions and expressed reservations about occupying Gaza again. The political impact of his visit remains uncertain.
Comparison to Ukraine Visit
- Biden’s visit to Israel resembles his trip to Ukraine during the conflict with Russia. Both visits show strong support for allies during times of crisis.
- Following the attack by Hamas, President Biden stated that the US would provide Israel with the necessary support to defend itself and protect its citizens.
Meetings During Biden’s Visit
- President Biden will meet with Israel’s Prime Minister Netanyahu in Tel Aviv.
- He will then travel to Jordan’s capital, Amman, for discussions about increasing humanitarian aid to Gaza.
- In Amman, he will meet with Jordan’s King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and the Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas, who opposes Hamas and governs the West Bank.