The president of the United States, Joe Biden, promised in a speech from the White House that he will give Israel everything it needs to face the attack carried out by Hamas on Saturday and which led to an increase in violence in hundreds of deaths on both sides. “We must be very clear: we stand with Israel,” the president declared in a speech from the White House.
“We will make sure that Israel has what it needs to take care of its citizens and protect itself, to respond to this attack. There is no justification for terrorism. There is no excuse. Hamas does not protect the rights of Palestinian people in dignity and “Their stated purpose in relation to the State of Israel is to kill the Jews. They are using Palestinian civilians as human shields,” Biden emphasized in his remarks.
Biden explained that the United States has already sent ammunition to Israel, as well as everything needed for the Iron Dome air defense system that Israel uses these days against missiles launched from the Gaza Strip. The United States has also strengthened its military presence in the region by sending fighter aircraft, including the sophisticated F-35 and F-15, and the deployment of aircraft carriers and destroyers to the Eastern Mediterranean, including the USS Normandy, which is equipped with anti-aircraft, anti-surface and anti-submarine missiles.
“Work of pure evil”
At the beginning of his speech, Joe Biden described the attack carried out by Hamas as an “act of pure evil” and recounted the complex scenes experienced by the massacred youth as they is at a music festival. He also criticized the methods of Hamas and accused it of using civilians in the Gaza Strip, where 2.3 million people live, as a shield against Israel.
“There is no justification for terrorism. There is no excuse. Hamas does not protect the right of the Palestinian people to dignity and self-determination. Their stated goal in relation to the state of Israel is to kill Jews. They use Palestinian. civilians as human shields”, continued the president.
“Quick, decisive and extreme”
Before giving this speech, Joe Biden spoke with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, informing him that the US response will be “swift, decisive and overwhelming.” Furthermore, he reiterated that democracies such as the United States and Israel are safer when they operate within the rule of law.
Israel’s response to the Hamas attack on Saturday was to declare a state of war and bombard the Gaza Strip, the worst escalation in decades of Palestinian-Israeli conflict. The total number of deaths exceeded 1,700 people. On the Israeli side, the death toll rose to 900 while more than 100 people were kidnapped and taken to Gaza.
On the Palestinian side, Israel’s aerial bombardment in Gaza left 830 dead, to which must be added 1,500 Hamas militiamen who died in Israeli territory after the Army recaptured the cities they captured in recent days.