Biden Contemplates Israel Visit in Near Future; Final Decision Yet to be Made, Says Senior Official

by Lucas Garcia
Biden Israel Visit

President Joe Biden is weighing the possibility of visiting Israel in the immediate future, though no final decision has been made, according to a high-ranking official in the administration who spoke on Sunday.

This development follows a week-long tour of the Middle East by U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, aimed at averting an escalation of the conflict with Hamas into a wider regional dispute. Biden has been vocal in his support for Israel, and a presidential visit would serve as a strong endorsement of the U.S. alliance with the country, especially in the aftermath of the Hamas-led attack on October 7. The senior official, who could not openly discuss the administration’s internal discussions on potential travel plans, provided the information to The Big Big News under the condition of anonymity.

However, in a recent interview with CBS’s 60 Minutes that was broadcast on Sunday, President Biden cautioned Israel against reoccupying Gaza. This statement marks his most assertive public stance to date in restraining Israel after the violent episode that resulted in the loss of over 1,300 lives, including a minimum of 30 U.S. nationals.

“Biden expressed, “In my assessment, the actions in Gaza were primarily perpetrated by Hamas, and the radical factions within Hamas do not stand for the Palestinian population as a whole. Therefore, I believe reoccupation of Gaza by Israel would be ill-advised.”

Nonetheless, the President underscored that eliminating extremist elements is an “imperative precondition.”

The Biden administration has consistently refrained from openly criticizing Israel or its aerial attacks, which have resulted in civilian casualties in Gaza.

Contributions to this report were made by Big Big News correspondents Sam Magdy in Cairo, Colleen Long in Washington, and Michelle L. Price in New York.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) about Biden Israel Visit

What is the main subject of the text?

The main subject of the text is President Joe Biden’s consideration of a trip to Israel in the near future, although no final decision has been made yet.

Who is the senior administration official mentioned in the text?

The senior administration official is an anonymous high-ranking member of President Biden’s administration. The official spoke on condition of anonymity and could not publicly discuss internal deliberations about the potential presidential travel.

Why is U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken touring the Middle East?

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been touring the Middle East with the objective of preventing the conflict with Hamas from escalating into a broader regional dispute.

What did President Biden say in his interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes?

In his interview, President Biden warned Israel against reoccupying Gaza. He stated that it would be a mistake and emphasized that extremist elements within Hamas do not represent the entire Palestinian population. However, he also indicated that eliminating extremist elements is necessary.

Has the Biden administration criticized Israel’s actions in Gaza?

No, the Biden administration has refrained from openly criticizing Israel or its aerial attacks, which have resulted in civilian casualties in Gaza.

Who contributed to the original report?

Contributions to the original report were made by Big Big News correspondents Sam Magdy in Cairo, Colleen Long in Washington, and Michelle L. Price in New York.

More about Biden Israel Visit

  • U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s Middle East Tour
  • Biden’s Interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes
  • Recent Hamas-led Attack on October 7
  • Civilian Casualties in Gaza
  • Biden Administration’s Stance on Israel

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EcoWarrior October 16, 2023 - 12:40 am

amidst all this, nobody talking about the humanitarian crisis in Gaza. Where’s the coverage on that?

JohnDoe October 16, 2023 - 4:35 am

Wow, so Biden’s thinking about going to Israel huh? Seems like a big move especially with everything that’s going on. Not sure what to make of it.

PoliticalWatcher October 16, 2023 - 9:11 am

Antony Blinken is doing the groundwork but a presidential visit would be on another level. Would definitely send a strong message of where the US stands.

NewsJunkie October 16, 2023 - 2:06 pm

Big Big News always has these reports but who are these contributors? Sam Magdy, Colleen Long, Michelle L Price… would be cool to know more about their background.

TruthSeeker October 16, 2023 - 9:59 pm

What’s up with the anonymous sources though. If you’re gonna report, give us some names. Else it just looks sketchy.

Sarah_91 October 16, 2023 - 10:26 pm

Interesting that Biden warns Israel in the interview but still doesnt criticize them publicly. kinda feels like mixed signals to me.

FinanceGuru October 16, 2023 - 11:14 pm

wonder how this will impact US-Israel relations financially, they got a lot of defense contracts and aid flowing.


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