On Wednesday, I’ll travel to Israel to stand in solidarity in the face of Hamas’s brutal terrorist attack.Pres. Biden Monday evening via “X.”
Why It Matters: President Biden’s visit marks a sign of solidarity with Israel as much as it also signals a potential moment for diplomacy amid war. Not to be overlooked – the President’s mention of his visit to to Jordan underscores the importance of the state’s role in the region as a key bridge between Pro-Palestinian forces and the West.
Just A Note: The White House made further announcements about his meetings overseas – watch to see if this will potentially change with additions/subtractions in the next 24-48 hours.
Something To Consider: More analysis from our recent guest, the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, Vice President of Research Jonathan Schanzer: “Lots of commentary on Biden’s Israel visit. Here’s what they miss: the visit pushes back the ground invasion by at least 3 days. Biden is buying time for hostage diplomacy. Too clever by half. A delay may erode whatever deterrence Israel has vis-a-vis Iran & Hezbollah.”
Full post by the President: “On Wednesday, I’ll travel to Israel to stand in solidarity in the face of Hamas’s brutal terrorist attack. I’ll then travel to Jordan to address dire humanitarian needs, meet with leaders, and make clear that Hamas does not stand for Palestinians’ right to self-determination.”
Full Statement By White House: “President Joseph R. Biden, Jr. will travel to Israel on Wednesday, October 18, to demonstrate his steadfast support for Israel in the face of Hamas’s brutal terrorist attack and to consult on next steps.
President Biden will then travel to Amman, Jordan, where he will meet with his Majesty King Abdullah, Egyptian President Sisi, and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas. He will reiterate that Hamas does not stand for the Palestinian people’s right to dignity and self-determination and discuss the humanitarian needs of civilians in Gaza.”
by Jenna Lee,