By COLlive reporter
President Joe Biden will travel to Israel on Wednesday, putting himself in harm’s way to show that he stands squarely with the country as it reels from Hamas’ surprise attack and prepares a ground invasion meant to wipe out the terror group on its border.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced the trip — the president’s second foray into an active war zone this year, having traveled to Ukraine in February under the tightest secrecy.
Biden is expected to meet with Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other Israeli leaders during the trip, which may also include a visit to neighboring Egypt.
A day before President Biden, Governor Kathy Hochul will visit the country of Israel as well, her first ever trip to the country.
“During these difficult times, it’s more important than ever for New York to show up in support of Israel,” said Governor Hochul. “Tomorrow I’ll be traveling to Israel for a solidarity mission where I plan to meet with diplomatic leaders and communities who have been devastated by the horrific Hamas attacks. New York will show the world that we stand with Israel – today, tomorrow and forever.”
Rabbi Chanina Sperlin of the Crown Heights Jewish Community Council praised the Governor for her support of Israel.
“Thank you, Governor, for exemplifying that true friendship is demonstrated not just in easy times, but in the toughest of times,” Sperlin tweeted.
It’s more important than ever for New York to show up in support of Israel.
Tomorrow I’m traveling to Israel for a solidarity mission to meet with diplomatic leaders & communities devastated by the horrific Hamas attacks.
New York will always stand with Israel.
— Governor Kathy Hochul (@GovKathyHochul) October 17, 2023
New York’s Governor @GovKathyHochul will lead a mission of solidarity and support to Israel. Thank you, Governor, for exemplifying that true friendship is demonstrated not just in easy times, but in the toughest of times. 🇺🇸🤝🇮🇱 https://t.co/5YSe6ezWgk
— Rabbi Chanina Sperlin (@ChaninaSperlin) October 17, 2023