As worries grow that the blazing Israel-Hamas battle will escalate into a more significant regional confrontation, President Joe Biden will fly to Israel and then Jordan on Wednesday to speak with both Israeli and Arab leadership.
Biden’s trip to Israel was announced by Secretary of State Antony Blinken as Israel gets ready for a potential ground assault on the 141-square-mile (365-square-kilometer) enclave to hunt down the Hamas terrorists behind the most deadly attack on Jews since the Holocaust.
Biden wants to make it clearer than ever that the United States supports Israel. His Democratic administration has promised to send American carriers and aid to the area, as well as military help.
Officials have stated that they will seek Congress for an additional $2 billion in funding for Israel and Ukraine, which is defending itself against Russian aggression.
After more than seven hours of discussions with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and other top Israeli officials, Blinken delivered the news early on Tuesday.
Biden would also travel to Jordan to meet with King Abdullah, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sissi, and Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, White House National Security Council spokesman John Kirby confirmed shortly after in Washington.
In order to speak with his advisers and other leaders about the developing situation in the Middle East, Biden opted to postpone his planned trip to Pueblo, Colorado, on Monday.