President Joe Biden arrived in Israel on Wednesday, where he held a brief press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.
In their remarks, both leaders highlighted the death toll, the atrocities committed by Hamas, and the impact on children in Israel.
In his remarks, Biden said; “I wanted to be here today for a simple reason: I want the people of Israel and the people of the world to know where the United States stands.”
Biden also said Israel was not to blame for a rocket attack on a hospital in Gaza, which left at least 500 people dead.
“I was outraged by the bombing of the hospital yesterday. Based on what I’ve seen, it was done by the other team. Not you,” Biden said to Netanyahu. “But there’s a lot of people out there who are not sure.”
Biden added: “The world is looking. Israel has a value set like the United States does and other democracies and they’re looking to see what we’re going to do.”
Netanyahu praised Biden for his visit, saying, “Your visit is the first visit of an American president to Israel at a time of war. It is deeply deeply moving.”
“On October 7th, Hamas murdered 1400 Israelis, maybe more. This is in a country of fewer than 10 million people. This would be equivalent to over 50,000 Americans murdered in a single day. That’s 20 9/11s. That is why October 7th is another day that we live in infamy,” he said.
Netanyahu continued: “I want to thank you for coming here today and for the unequivocal support you’ve given during these trying times. A support that reflects the overwhelming will of the American people. I’ve seen your support every day and the depth and breadth of cooperation that we have had since the beginning of this war, a level of cooperation that is truly unprecedented in the history of the great alliance between our two nations.”
He added: “We see that support and your steadfast commitment to provide Israel with the tools we need to defend ourselves. We see that support and the clear message you send our enemies not to test our resolve. And in the two American carrier battle groups that you send to the region. To back up those words with action.”
The Israeli prime minister also urged the president to imagine what the Israeli children were imagining when Hamas broke into their homes and committed their horrific massacre.
Biden responded. “It’s beyond my comprehension.” He also said Hamas was guilty of slaughtering Israelis: “They’ve committed evils that atrocities that make ISIS somewhat more rational.”
Biden also met with family members of the victims of the Hamas terror attacks as well as those who were taken hostage by Hamas.