US ready to simultaneously support Ukraine and Israel, Biden says
President Biden said that the US will support Ukraine and Israel in their military conflicts, and emphasized that these conflicts also concern the security of the American people
This is reported by The Hill.
In a “60 Minutes” interview that aired Sunday, September 15, President Biden said that the United States of America can simultaneously support Ukraine in its war against Russia and Israel in its war against Hamas.
“We’re the United States of America for God’s sake, the most powerful nation in the history — not in the world, in the history of the world,” Biden said. “We can take care of both of these and still maintain our overall international defense.”
According to Biden, these two conflicts are "overwhelmingly" about the security of the American people.
“In Ukraine, one of my objectives was to prevent [Russian President Vladimir Putin], who has committed war crimes himself, who — from being able to occupy an independent country that borders NATO allies and is on the Russian border,” Biden said. “Imagine what happens now if he were able to succeed. Have you ever known a major war in Europe we didn’t get sucked into? We don’t want that to happen.”
He said that the US wants to make sure that these democracies are stable, and Ukraine will play a crucial role in ensuring that.
In the coming days, the White House is expected to ask Congress for additional assistance to Israel. Officials may try to combine this request with a call for more aid to Ukraine. However, the House of Representatives, which currently lacks a speaker, cannot pass any legislation until a speaker is officially elected to the position.
Despite bipartisan support for both Israel and Ukraine in Congress, there are Republicans in the House who oppose continued aid to Ukraine, questioning its benefits to the United States.
- On October 13, US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin announced that the United States would supply Israel with the necessary weaponry to combat Hamas terrorists while also continuing to provide Ukraine with weapons to counter Russian aggression.