‘They need our help’: Biden says he will put together ‘major package’ for Palestinians whose homes have been destroyed in fighting with Israel ‘without providing Hamas the ability to rebuild their weapons systems’
‘I am prepared to put together, and am going to attempt to put together, a major package with other nations who share our view to rebuild the homes and – without providing Hamas the ability to rebuild their weapons systems – rebuild Gaza,’ he said.
‘They need help and I’m committed to get that done.’
President Joe Biden said there had been no shift in his position on Israel despite this week urging the Israeli military to de-escalate strikes on Gaza as he came under pressure from members of his own party to do more to protect Palestinian human rights
‘I’m praying this ceasefire will hold,’ he said in the East Room of the White House.
‘There is no shift in my commitment, commitment to the security of Israel,’ he said before underscoring the need for a two-state solution.
‘It is the only answer.’
Biden has faced mounting calls from within his own party to do more to protect Palestinians.
My party still supports Israel,’ he said.
‘Let’s get something straight here: Until the region says, unequivocally, they acknowledge the right of Israel to exist as an independent Jewish state there will be no peace.’
President Biden promised to help Palestinians who lost their homes during 11 days of Israeli strikes on Gaza as he offered prayers Friday for a ceasefire to hold.
During a press conference to mark the visit of South Korean President Moon Jae-in, he insisted he remained committed to Israeli security.
But he struck a careful balance between both sides as he announced plans to help Palestinians in Gaza rebuild their lives so long as Hamas militants, who rained rockets on Israel, were not able to rebuild their armaments.