This week, President Biden promised to “make sure Israel has what it needs to take care of its citizens, defend itself, and respond to this attack.”
“You know, there are moments in this life — and I mean this literally — when the pure, unadulterated evil is unleashed on this world,” President Joe Biden said in an address to the nation on October 10, 2023. “The people of Israel lived through one such moment this weekend. The bloody hands of the terrorist organization Hamas — a group whose stated purpose for being is to kill Jews.”
President Joe Biden, in his address and other communications during the course of this week, hasn’t minced words concerning Israel.
Calling this week’s Hamas attack on Israel “an act of sheer evil,” President Biden mourned the, “more than 1,000 civilians slaughtered — not just killed, slaughtered — in Israel.”
“Among them, at least 14 American citizens killed,” Biden began, in a grim litany becoming all too familiar to those following news coverage of the crisis in Israel. “Parents butchered using their bodies to try to protect their children. Stomach-turning reports of being — babies being killed. Entire families slain. Young people massacred while attending a musical festival to celebrate peace — to celebrate peace. Women raped, assaulted, paraded as trophies.”
“Families hid their fear for hours and hours, desperately trying to keep their children quiet to avoid drawing attention,” Biden said. “And thousands of wounded, alive but carrying with them the bullet holes and the shrapnel wounds and the memory of what they endured.”
“There are still so many families desperately waiting to hear the fate of their loved ones, not knowing if they’re alive or dead or hostages,” the President pointed out. “Infants in their mothers’ arms, grandparents in wheelchairs, Holocaust survivors abducted and held hostage — hostages whom Hamas has now threatened to execute in violation of every code of human morality.”
Calling the attack “abhorrent” Biden lambasted Hamas forces for a brutality and bloodthirstiness that, “brings to mind the worst — the worst rampages of ISIS.”
“This is terrorism,” Biden said, frankly.
“This attack has brought to the surface painful memories and the scars left by a millennia of antisemitism and genocide of the Jewish people,” Biden lamented with his signature brand of empathy. “So, in this moment, we must be crystal clear: We stand with Israel. We stand with Israel. And we will make sure Israel has what it needs to take care of its citizens, defend itself, and respond to this attack.”
President Biden didn’t just deliver this unequivocal pledge of support to Israel. U.S. Secretary of State Anthony Blinken has been busy abroad this week, where he visited Israel and met with top Israeli officials including Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
“I come before you not only as the United States Secretary of State but also as a Jew,” U.S. Secretary of State Blinken said during a joint press conference with Prime Minister Netanyahu after their meeting. “My grandfather, Maurice Blinken, fled pogroms in Russia. My stepfather, Samuel Pisar, survived concentration camps — Auschwitz, Dachau, Majdanek.”
“So, Prime Minister, I understand on a personal level the harrowing echoes that Hamas’s massacres carry for Israeli Jews — indeed, for Jews everywhere,” said Mr. Blinken.
“I also come before you as a husband and father of young children,” he went on. “It’s impossible for me to look at the photos of families killed — such as the mother, father, and three small children murdered as they sheltered in their home in Kibbutz Nir Oz — and not think of my own children.”
“This was just one of Hamas’s countless acts of terror — in a litany of brutality and inhumanity that, yes, brings to mind the worst of ISIS,” said Blinken, echoing President Biden. “Babies slaughtered. Bodies desecrated. Young people burned alive. Women raped. Parents executed in front of their children, children in front of their parents.”
“How are we even to understand this, to digest this?” asked Blinken, bleakly.
While some far-left progressives have been slow to side with Israel, President Biden and his top officials aren’t among them.
“There is no justification for terrorism,” President Biden said, seeming to direct these remarks at progressive Hamas-apologists like Rep. Rashida Tlaib. “There is no excuse.”
“Hamas does not stand for the Palestinian people’s right to dignity and self-determination,” President Biden pointed out. “Its stated purpose is the annihilation of the State of Israel and the murder of Jewish people. They use Palestinian civilians as human shields. Hamas offers nothing but terror and bloodshed with no regard to who pays the price.”
“The loss of innocent life is heartbreaking,” Biden confessed.
“Like every nation in the world, Israel has the right to respond — indeed has a duty to respond — to these vicious attacks,” he said. “My team has been in near-constant communication with our Israeli partners and partners all across the region and the world from the moment this crisis began.”
“We’re surging additional military assistance, including ammunition and interceptors to replenish Iron Dome,” he promised. “We’re going to make sure that Israel does not run out of these critical assets to defend its cities and its citizens.”
Secretary Blinken was quick to echo these remarks in Israel.
“We’re delivering on our word — supplying ammunition, interceptors to replenish Israel’s Iron Dome, alongside other defense materiel,” Blinken assured Israeli officials. “The first shipments of U.S. military support have already arrived in Israel, and more is on the way.”
“We’ve deployed the world’s largest aircraft carrier to the Eastern Mediterranean,” he went on. “We’ve bolstered the presence of U.S. fighter aircraft in the region. We’re providing other support as well. We continue working closely with Israel to secure the release of the men, women, children, and elderly people taken hostage by Hamas.”
“This is — this must be — a moment for moral clarity,” Blinken called. “The failure to unambiguously condemn terrorism puts at risk not only people in Israel but people everywhere.”
“For 75 years, Israel has stood as the ultimate guarantor of the security of Jewish people around the world so that the atrocities of the past could never happen again,” said President Biden. “And let there be no doubt: The United States has Israel’s back.”
“We will make sure the Jewish and democratic State of Israel can defend itself today, tomorrow, as we always have,” promised the President. “It’s as simple as that.”
(contributing writer, Brooke Bell)