In a historic move, President Biden became the first American President to visit Israel during an ongoing war. This is a huge statement of solidarity and support. However it also begs the question: why did Biden think it necessary to come to the region in person? Was it simply meant as a sign of solidarity or is there something more than meets the eye?
Since the horrific and barbaric atrocities perpetrated by Hamas on October 7th, 2023, the Biden administration has been very supportive of Israel, providing vital military aid by restocking the Iron Dome systems and airlifting millions of dollars of other military equipment. In the media the Biden administration has maintained Israel’s right and responsibility to destroy Hamas, which in Biden’s words has “committed atrocities that recall the worst ravages of ISIS, unleashing pure unadulterated evil upon the world. There is no rationalizing it, no excusing it. Period.”
That all is applaudable, and as an American, I feel a level of pride to see America standing strong with the people of Israel when they need it most. I don’t even want to think about what could be happening right now if Biden had completely turned his back on Israel, providing little if any aid. Imagine that Israel had run out of Iron Dome missiles while Hamas rockets were raining down on the huge population centers of Israel. You don’t have to think hard to see how bleak that scenario would have been. Honestly however, that is what many people expected, considering that the US administration has been actively funding the Palestinian Authority, the same government who pays terrorist’s salaries and the same government who will be handing out money to the monsters from Gaza who murdered more than 1,400 people on October 7th.
President Biden seems to want to be on both sides of this conflict at the same time. He condemned Hamas and the atrocities they committed out of one side of his mouth and then pledged to give Gaza (which is controlled by Hamas) $100 million in humanitarian aid. Everyone knows it will never reach the ‘intended’ civilians but will instead be commandeered by Hamas.
To get things straight, Biden and his administration have provided crucial military aid to Israel at a critical time, but the question remains: will the US president abuse his influence to force Israel into a so-called ‘peace deal’ as well as force them into other decisions that have the potential to weaken Israel in a time when they need to firmly reestablish their power and stability? Biden already re-stated his commitment to the ‘two-state solution’ saying “we must keep pursuing a path so that Israel and the Palestinian people can both live safely, in security, in dignity, and in peace.”
As the situation on the ground continues to unfold, what we need to keep in mind is that the Biden administration has done a lot of good for Israel in this war, but they also have the potential and leverage power to force Israel into a compromise, without total victory and annihilation of the evil monsters who make up Hamas and their collaborators.