US President Biden addressed the people of the United States and drew a link between the conflicts in Ukraine and Israel and he urged Congress to take action and pass an aid package supporting both nations.
The speech came at a time when Gazans still awaiting aid from the Egypt Rafah crossing and there is no sign of a ceasefire from Hamas or Israel as international bodies call for an immediate truce to provide relief supplies for the Gaza people.
He said: “I know these conflicts can seem far away and it’s natural to ask ‘Why does this matter to America?’ So let me share with you why making sure Israel and Ukraine succeed is vital to America’s national security,” said Biden.
“History has taught us that when terrorists don’t pay a price for their terror, when dictators don’t pay a price for their aggression, they cause more chaos and death and more destruction. They keep going and the cost and the threats to America keep rising. So if we don’t stop Putin’s appetite for power and control in Ukraine, he won’t limit himself just to Ukraine. Putin’s already threatened to ‘remind’ Poland that their western land was a ‘gift’ from Russia.”
“If we walk away and let Putin erase Ukraine’s independence, the risk of conflict and chaos could spread in other parts of the world. Iran is supporting Russia in Ukraine and it’s supporting Hamas and other terrorists in the region. We’ll continue to hold them accountable. The US and our partners across the region are working to build a better future for the Middle East. One where the Middle East is more stable, better connected to its neighbors.”