In his first Oval Office speech after returning from Israel, US President Joe Biden linked Russian President Vladimir Putin to Palestinian militant group Hamas, saying both aimed to “annihilate a neighbouring democracy.”
“Hamas and Putin represent different threats, but they share this in common: They both want to annihilate a neighbouring democracy,” he added.
“When terrorists do not pay a price for their terror, when dictators do not pay a price for their aggression, more chaos, death, and destruction result.” They continue, and the cost and threats to America and the globe continue to rise. So we don’t put a halt to Putin’s thirst for power and control over Ukraine. He will not confine himself to Ukraine.”
Biden was arguing for help to Israel and Ukraine, saying that “it was critical for America’s national security for Israel and Ukraine to win their wars.”
The President also stated that he would request additional funds for Israel from Congress on Friday. Money would also be included in the proposal for Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, humanitarian aid, and border management. Though he didn’t say how much, US media estimates put the figure at $100 billion.
According to a source acquainted with his plans, this will include $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel. According to the source, the request will also contain $10 billion for humanitarian help, $14 billion for border security, and $7 billion for the Indo-Pacific area.
Vice President Joe Biden argued that it was a wise investment that would benefit American security for many generations. He supported the idea by claiming that the funds would “sharpen Israel’s qualitative edge” and boost its military capabilities. He stated that America’s national security demanded that it back “critical partners” like Israel.
Biden also emphasized the importance of sending aid to Palestinian residents in Gaza who are in need of food, water, and medication. “We can’t ignore the humanity of innocent Palestinians who only want to live in peace and have opportunity,” he went on to say.
Despite his statements, the Rafah Gate, the border between Gaza and Egypt via which relief is to be delivered to Gazans, is expected to remain closed on Friday.
The President also urged Americans and people throughout the world to reject hatred in all of its manifestations. “The world is held together by American leadership.” America’s alliances are what keep us safe. American ideals are what make us a partner with whom other countries desire to collaborate. You put all of that at danger if we abandon Ukraine and turn our backs on Israel. It’s simply not worth it.”