President Joe Biden will no longer be traveling to Jordan this week, as the summit he was due to attend there has been cancelled.
As reported by Associated Press, Biden had been planning to discuss the provision of humanitarian aid for Palestinians in light of Israel’s impending ground invasion of Gaza.
I’m traveling to Israel tomorrow to stand in solidarity in the face of Hamas’s brutal terrorist attack and to consult on next steps.
I'll then travel to Jordan to meet with leaders and address dire humanitarian needs—and make clear that Hamas does not stand for Palestinians'… pic.twitter.com/tKzflvK73T
— Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) October 17, 2023
Earlier this month, hostilities were renewed in the area when an attack by the Iranian-backed terror group Hamas resulted in an estimated 1,400 deaths and 200 hostages.
In response to this development, King Abdullah of Jordan cancelled a meeting due to an explosion at a Gaza hospital. Although Hamas claims that the violence was caused by an Israeli airstrike, Israel has argued that it was triggered by a stray Palestinian rocket.
During his meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, US President Joe Biden addressed this crisis.
“I was outraged by the bombing of the hospital yesterday. Based on what I’ve seen, it was done by the other team. Not you,” Biden said before adding, “But there’s a lot of people out there who are not sure.”
Adrienne Watson, the White House National Security Council spokesperson, has declared that Israel is not to blame.
While we continue to collect information, our current assessment, based on analysis of overhead imagery, intercepts and open source information, is that Israel is not responsible for the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday.
— Adrienne Watson (@NSC_Spox) October 18, 2023
On Wednesday, President of the United States affirmed that the US will remain a steadfast ally of Israel, delivering remarks wherein he stated that “the United States will stand forever” alongside the nation.
I have come to Israel with a simple message:
You are not alone.
As long as the United States stands – and we will stand forever – you will not be alone.
— President Biden (@POTUS) October 18, 2023
Despite the message’s popularity, not all individuals in the United States agree with it.
Fox News reported that a large crowd of pro-Palestinian supporters had gathered on Capitol Hill on Wednesday.
There’s an insurrection happening now on Capitol Hill https://t.co/hBMIcv3pqW
— Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene🇺🇸 (@RepMTG) October 18, 2023
Georgia Representative Marjorie Taylor Greene (Republican, Georgia) released footage of the illegal gathering, referring to it as an “insurrection” and inquiring if participants would be held accountable in a similar manner as those connected with the events on January 6th.