The president of the United States urged to prioritize the entry of humanitarian aid into Gaza.
The President of the United States, Joe Biden, will visit Israel this Wednesday, announced the US Secretary of State, Antony Blinken, from Tel Aviv.
Biden is weighing the possibility of visiting Israel amid the war with Hamas, in a risky gamble that could also show strong support for a key U.S. ally while sending a warning to other countries in the region to prevent development.
Some presidential aides said the president expressed great interest in making the trip after receiving an invitation over the weekend from Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, whom Biden has known for four decades.
Security of mind
The White House considered the complex security situation in Israel before announcing President Joe Biden’s visit to that country, a spokesman said Monday, though he added that the United States is not dictating the conditions. of the Israeli military surrounding the trip.
“Obviously, we wouldn’t travel if we didn’t believe the proper safety parameters were in place,” said National Security Council spokesman John Kirby.
The president will arrive in Israel on Wednesday for talks with the country’s leaders, including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
Kirby said the White House had done its “homework” in scheduling and announcing Biden’s visit.
“Of course, the security situation is tense. But we consider all factors when we plan the president’s trip and when we make a decision to anticipate it,” he said.
Asked if the authorization of humanitarian aid to Gaza was a contingency for Biden’s visit, Kirby did not directly answer.
However, he said that the situation in the Palestinian coastal enclave is a priority for the president.
“I think we’ve been very clear about the need for humanitarian aid to keep flowing into Gaza, that’s been a constant call by President Biden and certainly by the entire administration,” he said.
“We really want to see humanitarian aid start flowing as soon as possible,” he added. “That will be an important topic of discussion in the future.”
Asked if the White House hopes that an Israeli ground offensive in Gaza will begin only after the president leaves the region, Kirby refused to evaluate the country’s military decisions.
“We are not dictating terms or operational instructions to the Israelis,” he said.
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