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Biden Stands with Israel, Blames ‘Terrorist Group in Gaza’ for Hospital Blast

Biden has announced a humanitarian aid agreement for Gaza

Biden has announced a humanitarian aid agreement for Gaza

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President Joe Biden, during his visit to Tel Aviv, expressed his unwavering support for Israel and attributed the tragic explosion at a Christian-run hospital in Gaza City to a “terrorist group in Gaza,” which is believed to have resulted in the loss of numerous lives.

In his formal remarks to reporters, Biden conveyed his deep sadness and outrage over the hospital blast and indicated that, based on the available information, it appeared to be the outcome of an errant rocket fired by a terrorist organization in Gaza. He emphasized the United States’ firm commitment to safeguarding civilian lives during conflicts.

Additionally, President Biden announced a significant commitment of $100 million in new U.S. funding for humanitarian aid in both the Gaza Strip and the West Bank.

The U.S. government’s independent assessment aligns with Israeli officials’ statements, suggesting that it was a misfired rocket from the Palestinian Islamic Jihad group that struck the hospital.

In contrast, Palestinian health authorities and Hamas attribute the explosion to an Israeli airstrike, claiming nearly 500 casualties.

While expressing his support for Israel’s ongoing battle with Hamas, President Biden acknowledged the profound suffering of the Palestinian people and mourned the loss of innocent lives among them. He emphasized that Hamas does not represent all Palestinians and criticized their use of innocent families in Gaza as human shields.

President Biden also shared his belief that a two-state solution is essential for achieving peace between Israelis and Palestinians.

Earlier in the day, after a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden expressed his deep sadness and outrage over the hospital explosion and implied that it was carried out by a party other than Israel, but noted there were doubts that needed to be resolved. He met with first responders and families of the victims, asserting his confidence in the data provided by the U.S. Defense Department to support his conclusions.

Biden’s trip to Israel was intended to demonstrate U.S. solidarity with Israel, given the anticipated ground assault against Hamas and concerns regarding humanitarian aid in Gaza. During the visit, he also acknowledged that 31 Americans were among those killed in the recent violence.

The Palestinian Health Ministry reported a significant number of casualties in the hospital blast, attributing it to an “targeted” Israeli bombing, while Israel attributed it to a misfired rocket from a Palestinian militant group.

President Biden had initially planned to meet with Arab leaders at