In a speech delivered at the White House on Tuesday, President Joe Biden described the attacks launched by Hamas terrorists on Israel over the weekend as an act of “sheer evil.” He made this statement during his address alongside Vice President Kamala Harris and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.
Biden emphasized the gravity of the situation, stating, “There are moments in this life when a pure, unadulterated evil is unleashed on this world. This is an act of sheer evil.”
The President disclosed that among the more than 1,000 people killed in Israel, at least 14 were Americans, and American citizens are also among those held captive by Hamas, an organization long designated as a terrorist group by the United States.
“In this moment, we must be unequivocal: We stand with Israel. We stand with Israel,” Biden reiterated. “And we will ensure that Israel has the necessary support to protect its citizens, respond to this attack, and take care of itself. There’s no justification for terrorism, and there’s no excuse.”
Biden’s remarks came after a surprise assault by the Palestinian group on Israel, which has been ongoing since Saturday. The Israel Defence Forces reported a death toll of at least 900 and approximately 2,700 wounded. Israeli authorities also confirmed the captivity of numerous individuals by Hamas.
In Gaza, under Hamas control, the death toll is reported to be at least 765, as stated by the Palestinian Health Ministry, although it is expected to rise as Israel continues its airstrikes in the Gaza Strip.
President Biden has consistently expressed unwavering support for Israel since the commencement of the terrorist attacks. In a symbolic gesture, the White House was illuminated in blue and white, the colors of the Israeli flag, to demonstrate “the ironclad support and solidarity of the American people with the people of Israel in the wake of the barbaric terrorist attacks committed by Hamas.”
Additionally, the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom, along with the US President, issued a joint statement condemning Hamas and its “appalling acts of terrorism.”
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