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Israel-Hamas war: Biden will visit Israel on Wednesday in a show of support

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President Biden will travel to Israel on Wednesday in an attempt to send a message about his administration’s commitment to the Jewish state amid its war with Hamas.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken confirmed the visit Monday evening, saying it would take place “at a critical time for Israel, for the region and for the world.”

“The president will reaffirm America’s solidarity with Israel and our unwavering commitment to its security,” a White House official said.

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President Joe Biden will visit Israel this week amid the country’s war with Hamas. (Photographer: Jacquelyn Martin/AP/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

Blinken also added that Biden would discuss with Israeli leaders how to minimize civilian casualties in the densely populated Gaza Strip, which has been bombarded by Israeli airstrikes.

“The president will hear from Israel how it will conduct its operations in a way that minimizes civilian casualties and allows humanitarian aid to reach civilians in Gaza in a way that does not benefit Hamas,” he said. explain.

Israel has urged a million Gaza residents to evacuate the northern end.

Buildings destroyed in Gaza

This photo taken on October 11, 2023 shows an aerial view of buildings destroyed by Israeli airstrikes in the Jabalia Palestinian refugee camp in Gaza City. (Photo by YAHYA HASSOUNA/AFP via Getty Images)

The visit coincides with Biden’s pledge to support Israel. The administration has already promised military support, sending U.S. carriers and aid to the region.

On Monday, Biden spoke with several world leaders and his own national security team about the unfolding humanitarian crisis in the besieged Gaza Strip, fearing an expansion of the conflict.

Biden spoke by telephone with Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, Iraqi Prime Minister Mohammed Shia al-Sudani and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz about the fallout from surprise attacks by Hamas terrorist fighters on Israel that left 1,400 dead and retaliatory strikes that killed at least 2,778 Palestinians. Biden canceled a planned trip to Colorado on Monday, where he was to tout his economic agenda.

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After visiting Israel, Biden will travel to neighboring Jordan to meet with Arab leaders as tensions rise in the region.

White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby said Biden met with King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“He will reiterate that Hamas does not defend the Palestinian people’s right to dignity and self-determination and will discuss the humanitarian needs of civilians in Gaza,” the White House said of Biden’s upcoming visit.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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