This week, President Biden arrived in Israel following a tragic explosion at a Gaza hospital that was claimed by the terrorist organization Hamas as Israel’s fault but which Israel claimed was the result of a misdirected missile fired by terrorists.
Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, greeted Biden directly on the ground and gave him a hug. Biden then clasped both his hands around Netanyahu in return.
The two were then taken to a hotel in Tel Aviv with a lot of protection to start crisis talks.
Breitbart News reported that Biden was supposed to go to Jordan as well, but his talks with Arab leaders had to be canceled as he was leaving Washington because of the hospital disaster.
He will miss out on a chance to talk to regional leaders in person, which he sees as important for managing events that are getting worse in the area.
Now, Biden’s sole destination is Tel Aviv, where, according to the AP, he is anticipated to press for the entry of vital humanitarian supplies into Gaza during discussions with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
After 1,400 Israelis were killed and hundreds were held captive by Hamas on October 7, Israel has been getting ready for a possible ground invasion of Gaza.
While on Air Force One, reporters were informed by John Kirby, a White House national security spokesperson, that Biden would be asking some difficult questions and “wants to get a perspective from the Israelis regarding what’s happening on the ground.”
According to the AP, Kirby also said, “He is going to ask them as friends.”
The relatives of those slain and captives captured during Hamas’s assault into Israel, as well as Israeli first responders, were among the people the president intended to visit.