Biden Condemns the ‘Inexcusable’ Attack by Hamas, Cautions Against Exploiting the Crisis by Foes of Israel

by Joshua Brown
Biden condemns Hamas attack on Israel

President Joe Biden forcefully denounced the “inexcusable” actions of Hamas militants in a Saturday address, reaffirming the United States’ commitment to Israel’s security in the aftermath of an unexpected attack that elicited global disapproval and stirred indignation among Israel’s supporters.

Speaking from the White House, Biden communicated to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that the U.S. “unequivocally stands beside the citizens of Israel confronting these acts of terrorism. Israel possesses an incontrovertible right to defend its citizens. There can be no valid excuse for acts of terror, and the unwavering commitment of my administration to Israel’s safety is resolute.”

Further, President Biden admonished those inimical to Israel, stating, “This is not an occasion for any entity with animosity toward Israel to capitalize on these attacks for their own benefit. The global community is vigilant.”

Biden confirmed his intent to maintain regular communication with Netanyahu, revealing that he had already been in contact with Jordan’s King Abdullah II and several U.S. lawmakers to confer about the evolving crisis.

Additional Context

The attack by Hamas, unprecedented in its scale and noted for its timing shortly after Yom Kippur—Judaism’s most sacred day—has been identified as the most lethal in Israel in years and threatens to evolve into a more expansive conflict. Israel has responded with air strikes in Gaza. “We are in a state of war,” stated Netanyahu.

President Biden emphasized that Israel’s citizens are “facing orchestrated attacks by a terrorist organization,” affirming the U.S. alliance with Israel by stating, “We will unflinchingly stand by Israel and provide the assistance necessary for its citizens to defend themselves.”

Highlighting the dire situation, Biden said, “The international community has witnessed shocking visuals—countless rockets fired within hours targeting Israeli cities.” He also noted that the attacks had caused not only military but civilian casualties, describing it as “absolutely inexcusable.”

The crisis has significantly undermined U.S. endeavors to broaden the Arab-Israeli Abraham Accords normalization agreements. Despite setbacks, U.S. officials insist they will persevere, though they acknowledge the improbability of progress amidst the ongoing hostilities between Israel and Palestine.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin held meetings and conversations with Israeli officials, pledging support for Israel’s defense and civilian protection against indiscriminate attacks. Blinken’s planned Middle East tour, however, is now postponed.

International Reactions

Leaders around the world have also condemned the attacks and affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself. Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, who is Jewish and lost relatives in the Holocaust, stated unequivocally that Israel’s right to self-defense “is beyond question.”

European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz echoed these sentiments, whereas in Vienna, the Israeli flag was hoisted at governmental buildings as a show of unity. Russia’s Deputy Foreign Minister Mikhail Bogdanov called for immediate cessation of hostilities.

However, Iran’s parliament began their session with chants of “Death to Israel,” and celebrations were seen in Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon.

Saudi Arabia urged for an immediate end to the fighting and cautioned against the escalation of the conflict, stating that the continuous occupation and denial of legitimate rights to Palestinians remain deeply concerning.

The situation remains complex, with no immediate resolution in sight, according to U.S. officials engaged in attempts to deescalate the conflict.

Contributions to this report were made by correspondents from around the globe.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Biden condemns Hamas attack on Israel

What was President Biden’s stance on the Hamas attacks on Israel?

President Biden forcefully denounced the “inexcusable” actions by Hamas and reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security and its right to self-defense.

Did President Biden interact with other leaders about the situation?

Yes, President Biden indicated that he had been in communication with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Jordan’s King Abdullah II, and members of the U.S. Congress to discuss the ongoing crisis.

What did U.S. officials like Antony Blinken and Lloyd Austin do in response to the attacks?

Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin held high-level meetings and discussions with Israeli officials. They pledged U.S. support for both Israel’s defense and for protecting civilians from indiscriminate violence.

How has the crisis affected U.S. foreign policy initiatives in the Middle East?

The hostilities have dealt a significant blow to U.S. efforts to expand the Arab-Israeli Abraham Accords normalization agreements. While U.S. officials say they intend to press ahead, they acknowledge the improbability of progress amidst ongoing conflict.

What has been the global reaction to the Hamas attacks on Israel?

Global leaders overwhelmingly condemned the attacks and affirmed Israel’s right to defend itself. Notable figures include Ukraine’s President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen, and German Chancellor Olaf Scholz.

Were any immediate diplomatic efforts made to deescalate the situation?

Yes, U.S. officials mentioned that they would work with Egypt, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, and the United Arab Emirates, among other Arab partners in the region, to try to deescalate the situation. However, given the scale of the attacks and Israel’s military response, they were not optimistic about a short-term solution.

What was the reaction in Iran and Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon to the attacks?

In Iran, members of parliament opened their session by chanting “Death to Israel.” In Palestinian refugee camps in Lebanon, hundreds took to the streets to celebrate the operation by Hamas.

Is there any indication that Secretary of State Antony Blinken will continue with his planned trip to the Middle East?

No, the planned trip to the Middle East by Secretary of State Antony Blinken, which included stops in Israel and Saudi Arabia, has been put on hold due to the ongoing crisis.

How did Saudi Arabia respond to the crisis?

Saudi Arabia called for an immediate halt to the fighting and urged both sides to protect civilians and exercise restraint. They also expressed deep concerns about the continuous occupation and denial of legitimate rights to Palestinians.

Has the crisis led to any shifts in planned U.S. diplomatic efforts?

Yes, in the immediate term, U.S. officials have stated that they will engage with Arab partners in the region to try to deescalate the situation. Long-term initiatives like the expansion of the Arab-Israeli Abraham Accords are now more unlikely to progress.

More about Biden condemns Hamas attack on Israel

  • President Biden’s Official Statement on the Crisis
  • U.S. Department of State: Remarks by Antony Blinken
  • U.S. Department of Defense: Statement by Lloyd Austin
  • Arab-Israeli Abraham Accords: Background and Future Prospects
  • Global Leaders’ Responses to Hamas Attacks on Israel
  • Saudi Arabia’s Official Statement on the Conflict
  • Iranian Parliamentary Session: Coverage and Reactions
  • Palestinian Refugee Camps in Lebanon: Reactions to Hamas Attacks
  • Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s Telegram Post on Israel
  • European Commission President Ursula Von Der Leyen’s Statement

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PoliticalJunkie October 7, 2023 - 8:45 pm

Solid report, but where’s the long-term strategy? All this talk of condemnation and yet, no roadmap for peace. Very disappointing.

HenryK October 7, 2023 - 9:37 pm

Wonder how this will pan out for Saudi Arabia. They seemed to be warming up to Israel thanks to the accords. Now? Who knows.

Emily_R October 8, 2023 - 2:31 am

I can’t believe this conflict is derailing the Abraham accords. Thought we were moving towards some peace in the region 🙁

CryptoDude21 October 8, 2023 - 4:31 am

it’s crazy how this is affecting US foreign policy. Looks like Blinken’s travel plans are off the table for now. not optimistic at all…

Mandy_Thoughts October 8, 2023 - 6:38 am

The reaction in Iran and Lebanon’s camps is chilling. this stuff is escalating and we’re just watching from the sidelines…

JohnSmith45 October 8, 2023 - 7:31 am

Wow, Biden’s really taking a strong stance on this. Kinda relieved to see the US backing up its allies but what about a solution, you know?

SarahWilliams October 8, 2023 - 7:33 am

Reading about how world leaders are reacting is interesting. But what’s the endgame here? It’s 2023 and we still have these issues. sigh.

GlobalWatcher October 8, 2023 - 1:49 pm

I can’t be the only one worried about how this could spiral into a broader conflict. This needs to be resolved, and fast.

TechGuy88 October 8, 2023 - 6:00 pm

so many layers to this. And the role of Russia talking to all parties including Arab countries? Makes me wonder what’s the bigger geopolitical game here.

Lisa101 October 8, 2023 - 6:43 pm

The way each country is responding says a lot bout their own political agendas, don’t ya think?


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