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Biden to Visit Israel this Week as US Deploys Troops Nearby

By:  World Israel News Staff

President Joe Biden is gearing up for a significant visit to Israel, as confirmed by Secretary of State Antony Blinken during a late-night meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Speculation had been rife about Biden’s possible trip to Israel, with three US officials earlier hinting at the likelihood of such a visit as early as this week.

Detailed preparations were said to be underway, even on the ground in Israel, in anticipation of the potential visit.

The White House remained tight-lipped on the matter, declining to comment, and the National Security Council spokesperson did not immediately respond to requests for information.

Earlier on the same day, Hebrew media had reported that President Biden had accepted Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s invitation to visit Israel, with his arrival scheduled for Wednesday.

Before this announcement, a senior administration official had shared with The Associated Press that the President had been contemplating a visit to Israel in the coming days, though nothing had been set in stone.

This followed reports in Israeli media that Prime Minister Netanyahu had extended an invitation to President Biden for a solidarity visit amidst the ongoing conflict with Hamas.

President Biden and Prime Minister Netanyahu had a fifth conversation on Saturday night, reflecting the President’s unwavering support for Israel throughout the recent tensions and conflict with Hamas.

In related developments, Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant told visiting Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Monday that the war will likely be drawn out an incur heavy costs.

“This will be a long war; the price will be high,” Gallant told the top diplomat during a meeting in Tel Aviv.

“We always knew that the United States is a great ally. But today people in Israel, in the world, see with their own eyes you are here for the second time in this week, senior officials of America are here every day, and the American flag is sailing on boats in the Mediterranean, and we know what the meaning is,” Gallant told Blinken.

Blinken reaffirmed the U.S.’ commitment to Israel’s duty to fight Hamas.

“You know our deep commitment to Israel’s right – indeed, its obligation – to defend itself and to defend its people. And in that, you have and always have the support of the United States,” Blinken responded, according to a readout by the US State Department.

In other news, WIN also reported on Monday that Hamas spokesperson, Abu Obeida, announced there are currently between 200 and 250 hostages being held in Gaza following the terror group’s brutal attack on October 7.

Abu Obeida, who is spokesman for the Izz ad-Din al-Qassam Brigades, admitted that obtaining a precise figure is challenging due to “security and logistical issues” but confirmed that at least 200 of these individuals are directly in Hamas’ custody.

Obeida also revealed that around 50 additional hostages are under the control of various other “resistance factions and in different locations.”

He referred to foreign hostages as “our guests,” and pledged to safeguard their lives and assured their release when the “situation on the ground permits.”

In his televised address, Obeida also dismissed the potential threat of an Israeli ground incursion into Gaza, stating, “It doesn’t scare us, and we are prepared for it.” He also reported an Israeli hostage’s death, allegedly resulting from recent Israeli airstrikes.

(WorldIsraelNews.com)

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