Biden also said he was "deeply sad and outraged" by the hospital bombing in Gaza Tuesday, adding, "it appears as though it was done by the other team"
President Joe Biden is showing that the U.S. stands in solidarity with Israel amid Hamas attacks.
On Wednesday, Biden arrived in Israel and met with Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, declaring that he wanted the people of Israel and the world “to know where the United States stands” in Israel’s war against Hamas.
“Americans are grieving with you, they really are," Biden, 80, told Netanyahu, 73, in a televised video obtained by CNN. “Americans are worried because we know this is not an easy field to navigate, what you have to do.”
Biden also told the prime minister that they would make sure Israel has what it needs to “defend” itself against Hamas attacks.
The president also noted that he understands Hamas “does not represent all the Palestinian people,” and he encouraged “life-saving capacity” for all the innocent “Palestinians caught in all this.”
Biden's presence in the Middle Eastern country comes one day after a blast killed more than 500 people who were sheltering in a Gaza hospital, according to the Palestinian Health Ministry.
The Israeli government said the explosion was caused by a "failed rocket launch" fired by a terrorist group called Islamic Jihad, which sympathizes with Hamas. Meanwhile, Hamas has called the strike "a crime of genocide," according to Fox News reporter Trey Yingst.
Biden addressed the situation and appeared to echo the same facts from the Israeli government saying, “I was deeply sad and outraged by the explosion in Gaza yesterday and based on what I’ve seen, it appears as though it was done by the other team, not [Israel].”
"The world is looking. Israel has a value set like the United States does, and other democracies, and they’re looking to see what we’re going to do,” Biden concluded his statement to Netanyahu.
In return, the Israeli prime minister called Biden’s presence as the first American president to visit Israel at a time of war “deeply, deeply moving,” per CNN.
The Biden Administration is also reportedly drafting a $100 billion foreign-aid package, which will include $10 billion assistance for Israel, sources told ABC News.
Amid the recent attacks, the Israel Defense Forces issued a press release on Friday that called “for the evacuation of all civilians of Gaza City from their homes southwards for their own safety and protection and to move to the area south of the Wadi Gaza."
Hamas brushed off the Israeli military’s evacuation warning and called for people to stay in Gaza, saying, according to The Washington Post, “Our Palestinian people reject the threat made by the leaders of the occupation and its call for Gazans to leave their houses and leave to the south or to Egypt.”
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The United Nations Relief and Works Agency described the call for a mass evacuation as “horrendous," with commissioner-general Philippe Lazzarini sharing in a news release that it would "only lead to unprecedented levels of misery and further push people in Gaza into the abyss."
1,400 people, including 31 Americans, have been killed in the Hamas attacks in Israel, while roughly 2,800 Palestinians have been reported killed by Israeli strikes in Gaza, per the Associated Press and Reuters.
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