It is the day of Joe Biden’s visit to Israel, which could not have started worse: tensions in the Middle East are increasingly greater, after the raid on a hospital in Gaza – with an exchange of accusations between Hamas and the Israeli army – which caused hundreds of victims. The episode led Jordan to cancel the four-party summit with the American president, the Egyptian president Abdel Fattah al-Sisi and the president of the Palestinian Authority Abu Mazen (Mahmoud Abbas), after the latter had announced his withdrawal (ISRAEL-HAMAS WAR, LIVE UPDATES – THE SKYTG24 SPECIAL).
There are five objectives of Biden’s mission indicated on the eve of his departure, although they could now change: to defend Israel’s “right and duty” to defend itself from Hamas with full American support and to warn against the widening of the conflict the enemies of the Jewish State (Iran, Syria, Hezbollah), but also “coordinate efforts for the release of the hostages”, as well as obtain guarantees to “minimize the number of civilian victims and ensure that humanitarian aid flows into Gaza”, with the hypothesis of ‘safe zone’ for residents. The plan also includes receiving a complete briefing on the objectives and strategy of Israel’s military response to the Hamas attacks. The new objective could be that of a ceasefire, perhaps in exchange for the release of the hostages, as Hamas proposes.
Biden “outraged” by attack on Gaza hospital
The American president, meanwhile, has already spoken about the attack on the hospital in Gaza City on the evening of October 17th. I am “outraged and deeply saddened by the explosion,” he said, adding that he immediately asked his advisers “to continue to gather information on exactly what happened.”