• US navy ship intercepts missiles fired from Yemen toward Israel.
  • Israeli Defence Minister says “troops will soon see Gaza from inside”.
  • Over a million Palestinians have become homeless.

 


 

US President Joe Biden began a new mission on Thursday urging Americans that billions more should be spent on aiding Israel and Ukraine in their battles since only US intervention can avert world catastrophe.

“American leadership is what holds the world together. American alliances are what keep us, America, safe,” said Biden.

Biden attempted to establish a connection between Russian President Vladimir Putin, whose forces invaded Ukraine in February 2022, and Hamas fighters in the Gaza Strip who attacked Israel.

“Hamas and Putin represent different threats, but they share this in common: They both want to annihilate a neighbouring democracy,” he said.

According to sources, Biden plans to request $100 billion in new spending, including $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel. The request also includes $10 billion for humanitarian aid in Gaza, $14 billion for border security, and $7 billion for the Indo-Pacific region.

Additionally, half of the $60 billion for Ukraine will be used for replacing and modernising US weapons stocks.

Biden spoke about 20 hours after returning from a whirlwind trip to Israel to show US solidarity after the October 7 attack by Hamas fighters who launched incursions from Gaza and killed 1,400 people in southern Israel.

In Gaza, over 3,900 Palestinians have been martyred — a vast majority being children and women — while more than 14,000 have been injured.

A man carries a wounded child at the site of an Israeli strike in Khan Younis, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in the southern Gaza Strip October 19, 2023. — Reuters
A man carries a wounded child at the site of an Israeli strike in Khan Younis, amid the ongoing conflict between Israel and the Palestinian Islamist group Hamas, in the southern Gaza Strip October 19, 2023. — Reuters 

Biden maintained an urgency in his message as Israel prepares to launch a ground offensive against Hamas fighters in Gaza, and tensions are high following a deadly blast at a hospital, resulting in thousands of Palestinian martyrs.

Biden said Israel was not responsible for the hospital blast, as Hamas officials had asserted, and said: “We can’t ignore the humanity of innocent Palestinians who only want to live in peace and have opportunity.”

In response to Hamas, Biden encouraged Israelis not to succumb to “blind rage” as international outcry over the attacks on Gaza grows.

The money would “sharpen Israel’s qualitative edge” and strengthen its military capabilities, Biden said.

He said US national security required it to support “critical partners” like Israel. “It’s a smart investment that’s gonna pay dividends for American security for generations,” Biden said.

On the ground in the Gaza Strip, Israel appeared to be getting closer to a full-scale invasion of the seaside enclave ruled by Hamas. The Israeli military massed troops and equipment near the Gaza border.

“You see Gaza now from a distance, you will soon see it from inside. The command will come,” Israeli Defence Minister Yoav Gallant told troops gathered at the Gaza border on Thursday.

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