Biden pins blame for Gaza hospital blast on ‘the other team’ Hamas siding with version offered by Israel.
In a major boost for Jerusalem, US President Joe Biden on Wednesday backed Israel’s assertion that a deadly blast at a Gaza hospital the night before was the result of a misfired rocket by Palestinian terrorists, as he arrived in Israel for an unprecedented wartime visit by a US president.
US President Joe Biden, who landed in Israel today in an unprecedented wartime visit, has accepted Israel’s version of the event.
“I was deeply saddened and outraged by the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday,” said Biden, sitting alongside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a Tel Aviv hotel.
“Based on what I’ve seen it appears as though it was done by the other team, not you,” Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu,” and added, “But there’s a lot of people out there who are not sure, so we’ve got to overcome a lot of things.”
“I wanted to be here today for a simple reason: I want the people of Israel and the people of the world to know where the United States stands,” Biden said.
“I wanted to personally come and make that clear.”
On the massacres, hostage-taking and other atrocities perpetrated by Hamas terrorists in southern Israel on October 7, Biden said, “They have committed evils and atrocities that make ISIS look somewhat more rational. Americans are grieving with you, they really are.”
The US president said that Americans “have to continue to ensure that you have what you need to defend yourselves. And we’re going to make sure that occurs.”
At the same time, Biden repeated oblique warnings to Israel about its conduct of the war: “The world is looking. Israel has a value set like the United States does and other democracies, and they’re looking to see what we’re going to do.”
“I am looking forward to having a thorough discussion about where everyone goes from here,” Biden concluded.
The blast occurred on Tuesday evening in the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital parking lot leaving more than 600 Palestinians dead.
Palestinians and much of the Arab world blamed Israel, saying it had struck the medical facility and that hundreds had been killed.
Jerusalem was swiftly condemned by Jordan, Turkey, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and others.
However, Israel Defense Forces on Tuesday night said it was not behind the blast, and that a misfired rocket launched by Gaza terrorists caused the explosion.
Netanyahu and other senior officials pointed at Palestinian Islamic Jihad.
Israel presented additional evidence on Wednesday morning indicating that PIJ was responsible for the blast.