Joe Biden considered “probable” this Monday that there is an American among the hostages kidnapped by Hamas terrorists and affirmed that his government is working with the Israeli authorities for his release.
Meanwhile, the president of the United States indicated that at least 11 Americans were killed in the “heartbreaking” attacks of the Palestinian terrorist group.
“This is not a distant tragedy”said the 80-year-old Democrat, referring to “so many American families who are suffering the pain of this attack, as well as the scars inflicted by thousands of years of anti-Semitism and persecution of the Jewish people.”
He stated that the police “have increased security” in places where the Jewish community gathers in the United States.
“In this moment of pain, the American people stand shoulder to shoulder with the Israelis. “We remember the pain of being attacked by terrorists at home, and Americans across the country are united in the face of these heinous acts that have once again cost innocent American lives,” the president said.
The United States and Israel are “inseparable” allies and Biden promises again, in the statement, “ensure that Israel has everything it needs to defend itself.”
For his part, the American president announced this Monday that security forces are already working to monitor possible “threats related” to Hamas attacks against Israeli territory.
“The Police have increased security in cities across the country around centers of Jewish life.” and the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and other federal security agencies are closely monitoring any domestic threats related to the terrible terrorist attacks carried out in Israel,” Biden explained in an official statement released by the White House. .
In response, the United States “will continue to demonstrate to the world that the American people are unwavering and steadfast in their fight against terrorism in all its forms.”
Biden stressed that “the United States and Israel are inseparable partners and I told Prime Minister (Benjamin) Netanyahu again when we spoke yesterday that the United States will continue to make sure Israel has everything it needs to defend itself.”
Netanyahu said this Monday that The magnitude of Saturday’s massacre against Israelis “was not seen from the Islamic State” and said that Israel will eliminate him “in the same way that the enlightened world eliminated” the jihadist group.
“We have not seen the atrocities that Hamas committed since the Islamic State. Children murdered, executed with their families, young people, boys and girls, executed by shooting them in the back. “We always knew what Hamas was about, now everyone knows, and we will eliminate it in exactly the same way that the enlightened world eliminated the Islamic State,” the Israeli prime minister said in a televised speech.
“Citizens of Israel, we are on the third day of the campaign. “We are in a war for our home, a war to ensure our existence, a war in which we will win,” added the president, who also warned that the offensive against Hamas in Gaza “has just begun.”
“The images of the devastation and destruction of Hamas strongholds in Gaza are just the beginning. We have eliminated many hundreds of terrorists and we will not stop there. I said that all the places Hamas operates from will become ruins. It is already happening today, it will happen even more in the future,” he warned.
Hamas threatened this Monday to execute hostages in response to Israeli attacks.
(With information from AFP and Europa Press)