This week, President Biden began his visit to Israel by promising to demonstrate to the world that the United States supports the Jewish people in their struggle against Hamas terrorists. He also stated that the explosive incident that killed many people at a hospital in the Gaza Strip seemed to be a terrorist attack carried out “by the opposing team,” rather than by the Israeli military.
He also said that the Hamas terrorist group had only caused pain for people in Gaza, the West Bank, and other places.
According to the Associated Press, at a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, Biden commented, “Based on what I have observed, it appears that it was carried out by the other team, not you.” He was alluding to Hamas militants.
After the blast, Biden said, “a lot of folks out there” still didn’t know what caused it.
According to the Israel Defense Forces (IDF), the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (PIJ), a terrorist group backed by Iran, was behind the explosion at the Ahli Baptist Hospital in Gaza City. The explosion that occurred was caused by a rocket that was meant to kill Israeli citizens but went off target instead.
Initial reports said the explosion killed hundreds of individuals. It caused a lot of anger, and Mahmoud Abbas, the leader of the Palestinian Authority, canceled a meeting with Biden this week because of it.
Since then, the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) have shared footage that they say demonstrates the way the terrorists act after realizing they were wrong.
Biden told Netanyahu that the explosion made him “deeply saddened and outraged.” I quote, “Proud.” He did say, though, that it wasn’t exaggerated to say that Hamas had “slaughtered” Israelis in the attack on October 7 that killed, tortured, and raped many Israeli residents.
“Americans are mourning. They truly are,” Biden reportedly said. “People in America are scared.”
“I want to tell the people of Israel that I am amazed by their bravery, dedication, and courage,” Biden said.
In his thanks for Biden’s visit, Netanyahu said that it had been “deeply, deeply touching.”
“Please accept my thanks on behalf of the whole Israeli people. Thank you for always sticking by Israel.”