I came to Israel with a simple message: You are not alone, and we will do nothing, and we will do nothing,” US President Joe Biden assured in his speech in Tel Aviv. – I warn you. When you feel this anger, don’t let it consume you. After 9/11, we in America, whether we sought or received justice, made mistakes, he acknowledged.
During his speech in Tel Aviv, Biden strongly emphasized America’s solidarity with Israel, but warned Israelis more clearly than ever against an excessive and hasty response to Hamas attacks.
– I came to Israel with a simple message: you are not alone as long as America is there, it will be forever, and we will never let you be alone, said Biden. He added that the Hamas attacks were the bloodiest day for Jews since the Holocaust, but that unlike the Holocaust, America would not be idle.
– The world watched and did nothing at that time. We will do nothing. Not today, not tomorrow, never, he promised. He also announced this week that he would ask Congress for an “unprecedented” funding package to support Israel, including providing missile resources for the Iron Dome air defense system.
Biden also repeated his earlier claim that Palestinian terrorists were responsible for the Gaza hospital tragedy. “Based on the information we’ve seen so far, it appears to be the result of an errant missile by a terrorist group in Gaza,” he said.
Hundreds killed in attack on hospital in Gaza, reports say Hamas has blamed Israel for the airstrikes, which Israel has denied
Biden warns: Don’t let anger consume you
The US president once again expressed shock at the brutality of Hamas attacks, saying that Israel accounted for 15 of the 9/11 attacks on the United States in proportion to its population.
– Do not cry for justice for your mothers, fathers, grandfathers, sons, daughters, children, infants, seeing what has happened here. The President said that justice must be served. – I warn you. When you feel this anger, don’t let it consume you. He further said that after September 11th, even though we have sought justice in America, we have made mistakes.
Unlike Hamas, Biden stressed that Israel must adhere to the “law of war, not the law of terrorism” and to ask “tough questions about its military operations to get clarity about its goals and an honest assessment of whether you’re on track.” lead to the achievement of these goals.”
The president also announced an additional $100 million in humanitarian aid for the West Bank and Gaza, and called for the creation of a humanitarian corridor during talks with the Israeli government.
“The basic agreement is that there will be inspections, and aid will go to civilians, not Hamas, and agreed humanitarian aid can start flowing from Egypt to Gaza,” he said.
Biden insisted that Hamas did not represent Palestinians and supported the creation of a Palestinian state. – Let us continue on the path where Israelis and Palestinians can have security and dignity, as well as peace. For me, this is a two-state solution and the task of integrating Israel with its neighbors, he said.
Biden’s speech was the last official feature of his one-day trip to Israel. According to the White House, on his way back from Israel, Biden is scheduled to hold talks with the president of Egypt and the king of Jordan about the civilian situation in Gaza. The US president was originally scheduled to meet them in Amman on Wednesday, but the summit was canceled due to an explosion at a Gaza hospital.
US imposes sanctions on Hamas funders
Meanwhile, the U.S. Treasury Department on Wednesday imposed sanctions on nine individuals from Sudan, Turkey, Qatar and Algeria, as well as a Buy Cash Cryptocurrency exchange in Gaza for allegedly financing the activities of Palestinian Hamas. According to Treasury Department Chair Janet Yellen, this is intended to disrupt the flow of money to the system.
According to the ministry, the six people subject to sanctions are “linked to the secretive Hamas investment portfolio,” forming a network of companies that deal with Hamas investments in Sudan, Turkey and Algeria. In addition, two high-level representatives of the organization were added to the sanctions list, a resident of Qatar and the Buy Cash cryptocurrency exchange, located in Gaza, used by Hamas and used in the past. Islamic State (IS).
“These individuals supported Hamas and other terrorist organizations, allowing Hamas (…) to carry out acts such as brutal attacks on Israel,” US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken said in a statement. He also stressed that US actions are not against Palestinians, but against Hamas.
Yellen said the sanctions were part of a multi-year effort to “effectively disrupt terrorist financing.” – We will continue to take all necessary measures to obtain and use funds for Hamas terrorists to commit crimes and terrorize the people of Israel. This includes imposing sanctions and coordinating with allies and partners to monitor, freeze and seize all Hamas-related assets under their jurisdiction, he said.
According to the US Treasury Department, the sanctions list currently includes nearly a thousand people and entities associated with Hamas, Hezbollah and other organizations supported by Iran.
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