Washington began sending military aid to the Jewish State on Sunday, along with new munitions, and moved its air-naval group closer to Israel in the Mediterranean in a swift show of support for its historic allies, surprised by Palestinian Islamist attacks. movement Hamas. Washington also confirmed that many American citizens were among the victims.
True to its role as the primary provider of military aid to Israel, Washington mobilized. Since Saturday morning, American officials have intensified talks with their Israeli counterparts to meet their needs as much as possible. President Joe Biden once again promised that everything possible would be done so that “Israel can defend itself.”
Biden announced that initial aid to Israeli forces was on the way. Equipment, supplies, and ammunition, according to the Pentagon in a statement. This aid is already planned as part of the $3 billion in military support that Washington provides to the Israelis each year.
The US Secretary of Defense also announced that the United States is strengthening its military presence in the region. Several US warships and an aircraft carrier were ordered to the eastern Mediterranean. The presence of combat aircraft has also increased.
All this “strengthens the posture of the US Department of Defense in the region,” stated Lloyd Austin, adding that “the United States maintains its forces around the world, ready to strengthen the deterrence posture if necessary.”
The White House has indicated it is working on more military aid. But because it needs congressional approval and the House of Representatives is in a political crisis, it’s likely to take a while.
This military aid amounts to “participating in aggression against our people,” was the reaction of Hamas, the ruling party of the Gaza Strip, on Sunday.
The head of US diplomacy, Antony Blinken, who gave several interviews on Sunday, reported that Americans were among the victims of the attacks. This information was confirmed on Sunday evening by the spokesman of the United States National Security Council, who, without specifying the number of dead, spoke of “the death of many American citizens.”