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Biden, in Israel, says freeing Hamas hostages is top priority, will request ‘unprecedented’ defense funding

President Biden, speaking in Israel Wednesday, said, “There’s no higher priority than the release and safe return of all these hostages” captured by the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.

“Later this week, I’m going to ask the United States Congress for unprecedented support package for Israel’s defense. We’re going to keep Iron Dome fully supplied to continue standing sentinel over Israeli skies, saving lives,” Biden also said. “We move U.S. military assets to the region, including positioning the USS Ford carrier strike group in the eastern Mediterranean with the USS Eisenhower on the way to deter further aggression Israel and to prevent this conflict from spreading.”

Speaking about efforts to rescue hostages, Biden said “To those who are living in limbo, waiting desperately to learn the fate of a loved one, especially to families of the hostages – You’re not alone. We’re working with partners throughout the region, pursuing every avenue to bring home those who are being held captive by Hamas..”

Hamas is reported be holding around 199 Israelis and other foreign nationals, while as of Wednesday, 13 Americans remain unaccounted for since the beginning of its new war with Israel.


“For me, that means a two-state solution which keep working for Israel’s greater integration with its neighbors,” he said. “These attacks can only strengthen my commitment and determination and my will to get that done. I’m here to tell you the terrorists will not win. Freedom will win. So let me end where I began. Israel, you’re not alone. The United States stands with you.”

Greg Norman is a reporter at Fox News Digital.


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