Biden to Visit Israel in Solidarity Mission – Israelis Wary of “Hug” that Delays or Constrains Action

Oct 17, 2023 6:17 pm | Ticker, Virtual Jerusalem

US President Joe Biden will visit Israel on Wednesday to show his support for the country and its right to defend itself amid the ongoing conflict with Hamas. The visit comes at a critical moment for Israel, the region, and the world.

Biden is expected to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials to discuss Israel’s war aims and strategy, as well as how it will conduct operations “in a way that minimizes civilian casualties and enables humanitarian assistance to flow to civilians in Gaza in a way that does not benefit Hamas.”

The US and Israel have reportedly agreed to develop a plan to will enable humanitarian aid from donor nations and multilateral organizations to reach civilians in Gaza. The humanitarian situation in Gaza has grown more dire as Israel prepares for a ground attack on the enclave to root out Hamas terrorists the most lethal assault against Jews since the Holocaust.

Biden’s visit is expected to focus on the humanitarian concerns for Gaza’s 2.3 million people. Biden will also travel to Jordan to meet King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sissi, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

The visit comes amid concerns that the Israel-Hamas war could spiral into a regional conflict. Biden’s visit is seen as a dramatic show of support for Israel after Hamas killed more than 1,400 Israelis in a terrorist attack.