Biden set to visit Israel, Jordan as major conflict nears

October 16, 2023

President Joe Biden has received mixed reactions over his response to the Hamas-led terrorist attack on Israel.

Though he has pledged the United States' full support for the Jewish state, including resources and aid, he has also warned the country abide by the "rules of war" in its retaliatory attacks against the coward of Hamas who hide behind civilians in the Gaza Strip.

According to the Associated Press, Biden will undoubtedly generate headlines Wednesday after he embarks on a trip to Israel and Jordan to meet with Israeli and Arab leadership.

The visit, which was announced Monday after days of speculation, is due to the increasing concern that a conflict in Israel could spread out of control.

The Associated Press noted:

Biden is looking to send the strongest message yet that the U.S. is behind Israel. His Democratic administration has pledged military support, sending U.S. carriers and aid to the region. Officials have said they would ask Congress for upward of $2 billion in additional aid for both Israel and Ukraine, which is fighting Russia’s invasion.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken, who believes he has the power to prevent the conflict from spreading across the region, noted his boss' upcoming trip.

"He is coming here at a critical moment for Israel, for the region and for the world," Blinken said.

After his Israel trip was announced, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby revealed that the president will travel to Jordan"to meet with King Abdullah II, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas."

That meeting will likely focus on humanitarian aid needs for Palestinians trapped in Gaza under Hamas' deadly rule.

"We’ve been crystal clear about the need for humanitarian aid to be able to continue to flow into Gaza," Kirby said. "That has been a consistent call by President Biden and certainly by this entire administration."

Hopefully, the elderly, often-confused president can stay upright during his trip, which has been quite the worry for his 2024 campaign team.

Many believe that the attack occurred, in part, because of Biden's weakness on the world stage. His administration's freeflow of money to Iran and the Palestinian Authority have also come under heavy scrutiny over the past week.

Only time will tell if Biden manages to notch any accomplishments for his record while visiting the two countries, but I wouldn't count on it.

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