The Biden Administration Condemns Hamas Attacks on Israel
The Biden administration strongly condemned the terrorist organization Hamas on Saturday for its unprecedented and appalling assaults on Israel. President Biden and senior administration officials reiterated their support for Israel and emphasized that the United States stands with the country.
Deadly Attacks by Hamas
Israeli officials reported that at least 250 people have been killed and 1,500 wounded in the ongoing conflict, making it one of the deadliest attacks in Israel’s history. The violence began when Hamas terrorists started firing rockets and targeting Israelis near the Gaza Strip.
Israel’s Military Responds
The Israeli military declared that it is at war with Hamas and launched counterattacks on terrorist targets. The IDF (Israeli Defense Forces) hit back in response to the ongoing attacks.
United States Stands with Israel
President Biden expressed his solidarity with Israel, stating that the people of Israel are under attack by a terrorist organization. He assured them and the world that the United States unequivocally stands with Israel and pledged unwavering support.
Commitment to Israel’s Security
The Biden administration reaffirmed its commitment to Israel’s security, assuring Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other officials that the United States is ready to provide all appropriate means of support to the government and people of Israel.
President Biden spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu, offering full support, and they will maintain close contact throughout the conflict. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin also offered full military support to Israel, and Secretary of State Antony Blinken engaged in discussions with Israeli officials and counterparts from other countries in the region.
Condemnation of Hamas
A senior administration official emphasized that the United States condemns the appalling assaults by Hamas terrorists in Gaza. The official stated that Hamas is a terrorist group and that the U.S. has taken action against Iran for supporting Hamas and other terrorist organizations.
Israel’s Right to Defend Itself
Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu declared that Israel is at war and has a right to defend itself and its people. The United States will continue to provide support to Israel, including intelligence sharing, as there is no doubt that Hamas is funded and armed by Iran and others.