Biden Draws Parallels Between Hamas and Putin in Latest Address

In a significant address late last night, US President Joe Biden made clear his stance on the escalating global tensions involving Ukraine, Israel, Hamas, and Russia

by Faruk Imamovic
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Biden Draws Parallels Between Hamas and Putin in Latest Address
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In a significant address late last night, US President Joe Biden made clear his stance on the escalating global tensions involving Ukraine, Israel, Hamas, and Russia. Speaking from the iconic White House, after a recent return from Israel, Biden explained the rationale behind his call for increased financial support for Ukraine and Israel.

A Two-Front Support

President Biden’s speech sought to bridge a connection between the hostilities in Ukraine led by Vladimir Putin and those in Israel orchestrated by Hamas. He emphasized the similarity of the threats they pose, despite the distinct geographical and political contexts.

"Hamas and Putin represent different threats, but they share this in common: They both want to completely annihilate a neighboring democracy — completely annihilate it. Hamas — its stated purpose for existing is the destruction of the State of Israel and the murder of Jewish people.

Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people. Hamas uses Palestinian civilians as human shields, and innocent Palestinian families are suffering greatly because of them," Biden expressed. While the exact figures were not revealed, reports from the BBC suggest that the President might be seeking a whopping $100 billion aid package aimed at these two nations.

The Imperative of Protecting Democracy

Biden's speech was more than just a call for financial assistance. It was a powerful statement on the United States' commitment to protecting and promoting democracy globally. He stressed the need to ensure the safety of Americans worldwide and asserted that safeguarding Ukraine and Israel was pivotal for American national security.

“History has taught us, when terrorists don't pay a price for their terror, when dictators don't pay a price for aggression," Biden noted, highlighting America's duty to defend democracies. BBC analysis suggests that, beyond the immediate context, the President's remarks were designed to rally Congress to approve the proposed aid package.

Further in his address, President Biden shared insights from his conversation with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. He emphasized the importance of preventing civilian casualties amidst the conflict. Reaffirming the U.S.

commitment to Israel, Biden assured the nation of continued support for its air defense. Closing his speech, Biden resolutely stated, "We cannot and will not let terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin win. I refuse to let that happen." The coming days will reveal the extent of Congress' alignment with the President's vision and the future trajectory of US foreign policy in these volatile regions.

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