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Biden declares it is ‘vital’ to US security for Israel, Ukraine to succeed in wars, will request funding

President Biden will request funding from Congress for Israel and Ukraine in order to “fund America’s national security needs” – an investment he said will “pay dividends for American security,” while warning that both Hamas and Russian President Vladimir Putin seek to “completely annihilate a neighboring democracy.”

The president addressed the nation from the Oval Office Thursday night, a day after he visited with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israeli officials in Tel Aviv. Biden and Israeli officials discussed the ongoing war, and the humanitarian crisis unfolding in the Gaza Strip. 

The president said he will send Congress an “urgent budget request” on Friday “to fund America’s national security needs to support our critical partners, including Israel and Ukraine is a smart investment that’s going to pay dividends for American security for generations.” 

The president said the package, if approved, will help to “keep American troops out of harm’s way, help us build a world that is safer, more peaceful and more prosperous for our children and grandchildren in Israel.” 

Biden speaks from the Oval Office

US President Joe Biden delivers a prime-time address to the nation in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, DC, US, on Thursday, Oct. 19, 2023. Biden directly appealed to the American people to support funding for Israel and Ukraine’s war efforts, warning that Hamas and Russian President Vladimir Putin pose parallel threats to US democracy. (Jonathan Ernst/Reuters/Bloomberg via Getty Images)

“We must make sure that they have what they need to protect their people today,” Biden said. “And always the security package I’m sending to Congress and asking Congress to do is an unprecedented commitment to Israel’s security that will sharpen Israel’s qualitative military edge, which we’ve committed to the qualitative military edge.” 

Biden said the funding would help to ensure that the Iron Dome “continues to guard the skies over Israel.” 

The funding request, which is expected to be formally rolled out on Friday, is likely to be around $100 billion over the next year. The total figure is expected to include some funding for Taiwan’s defense and for managing the flow of migrants at the southern border with Mexico.

The Associated Press contributed to this report. 

Brooke Singman is a Fox News Digital politics reporter. You can reach her at or @BrookeSingman on Twitter.


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