President Joe Biden is scheduled to make a solidarity visit to Israel on Wednesday in the wake of the Hamas attacks, as announced by Secretary of State Antony Blinken. During this visit, Israel has also agreed to collaborate on providing civilian aid for Gaza.
Antony Blinken made this announcement following an extensive eight-hour meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu at the defense ministry.
This visit marks the second time the top US diplomat has visited Israel since the Hamas attacks on October 7.
Blinken, while in Tel Aviv, stated, “The president will reaffirm the United States’ solidarity with Israel and our unwavering commitment to its security.
Israel has the right and, indeed, the duty to defend its people from Hamas and other terrorists and to prevent future attacks.”
Joe Biden will be visiting Tel Aviv, as confirmed by National Security Council spokesman John Kirby in Washington.
Additionally, President Biden is scheduled to travel to Jordan, where he will meet with Jordanian King Abdullah II, Palestinian leader Mahmud Abbas, and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi.
Secretary Blinken also highlighted that the US has secured assurances from Israel regarding efforts to bring foreign assistance into the impoverished and blockaded Gaza Strip, especially as Israel prepares for a ground offensive against the Hamas-ruled territory.
To facilitate this, the US will be working with Israel, and a new US coordinator on humanitarian aid, David Satterfield, will be involved in developing more concrete plans.