Amid rising tension in Gaza, Biden phones Palestinian President Abbas and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu

US President Joe Biden called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas on Saturday as the US started moving USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) to the Eastern Mediterranean amid rising unrest in Gaza following Hamas attacks against Israel.

According to the White House, Biden reaffirmed that Hamas “does not stand for the Palestinian people’s right to dignity and self-determination” during his phone chat with Abbas while denouncing the terrorist group’s vicious assaults on Israel.

According to a summary of the discussion, Biden informed Netanyahu on US military backing and restated his caution against anybody attempting to escalate the confrontation.

Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Biden talked this afternoon to reaffirm US support for Israel. According to the White House, President Biden briefed Prime Minister Netanyahu on US military assistance and reaffirmed his caution against anybody attempting to escalate the crisis.

Netanyahu and Biden spoke about US cooperation with the UN, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and other countries in the area to guarantee that innocent people have access to food, water, and medical treatment. It added Biden reaffirmed his support for all initiatives aimed at safeguarding civilians.

The White House said that Biden “reiterated the need for all countries to unequivocally condemn Hamas as a terrorist organization that does not represent the aspirations of the Palestinian people as more information about Hamas’ brutal atrocities committed over the past week comes to light.”

In a conversation with Abbas, Biden denounced the Hamas assaults against Israel.

“Abbas informed Biden on his involvement in the area and his attempts to provide the Palestinian people, notably in Gaza, with much needed humanitarian aid. The White House claimed that Biden “gave Abbas and the Palestinian Authority his full support for these crucial and continuing initiatives.

Biden and Abbas spoke about US efforts to cooperate with the UN, Egypt, Jordan, Israel, and others to make sure humanitarian aid reaches Gaza’s population.

The two leaders also emphasized the need to maintain stability in the West Bank and the wider area. “Finally, President Biden detailed US efforts to coordinate with partners to prevent the conflict from widening,” it stated.

In light of Israel’s impending decision to deploy ground troops to Gaza, the United States has increased its involvement in international affairs. On Saturday, Antony Blinken, the US secretary of state, talked with Wang Yi, his Chinese counterpart.

The Secretary reaffirmed US support for Israel’s right to defend itself and called for an immediate end to Hamas’ attacks as well as the release of all hostages, the State Department said. This was done as part of the administration’s intensive diplomatic engagements to stand with Israel and condemn the terrorist attacks by Hamas.

Blinken also spoke about the importance of preserving regional stability and preventing new parties from joining the war during the conversation.
The USS Dwight D. Eisenhower Carrier Strike Group (CSG) was ordered to start deploying to the Eastern Mediterranean on Saturday by US Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin.

“The Strike Group includes the guided-missile cruiser USS Philippine Sea (CG 58), guided-missile destroyers USS Gravely (DDG 107) and USS Mason (DDG 87), and Carrier Air Wing 3 with nine aircraft squadrons and embarked headquarters staffs,” Austin said. “As part of our effort to deter hostile actions against Israel or any efforts toward widening this war following Hamas’s attack on Israel.”

The USS Gerald R. Ford Carrier Strike Group, which landed earlier this week, will be joined by the Eisenhower CSG. The USS Normandy, USS Thomas Hudner, USS Ramage, USS Carney, and USS Roosevelt are all part of the Ford CSG. The US Air Force had earlier in the week announced the deployment of squadrons of F-15, F-16, and A-10 fighter aircraft to the area, he claimed.

The United States’ increased military posture, according to Austin, “signals our resolve to deter any state or non-state actor seeking to escalate this war” and our unwavering commitment to Israel’s security.

Following his visit to Israel the day before, Austin talked with Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant to continue discussions on Israel’s response to Hamas strikes. He emphasized the US’s steadfast support for Israel’s security throughout the conversation.

He stressed the importance of upholding the rules of war, in particular the duty to protect civilians, and addressing the escalating humanitarian catastrophe in Gaza as Israel keeps carrying out its operations to restore security. Finally, he spoke about the reprehensible hostage-taking of civilians by Hamas, the Pentagon said in a readout of the conversation.

Blinken, who is now in the Middle East, met with Prince Faisal bin Farhan of Saudi Arabia on Saturday in Riyadh. He emphasized the US’ steadfast commitment to stopping Hamas’ assaults against Israel.

The two spoke about their shared commitment to take action to assist safeguard civilians as well as their continuous engagement with regional allies to stop the development of war in the area.

According to a summary of the conversation, they also agreed to keep cooperating to end the horrific violence in Sudan and achieve a permanent peace in Yemen via a Yemeni-Yemeni peace process supervised by the UN. He also met with UAE President Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan in Abu Dhabi later in the day to talk about the terrorist strikes in Israel.

The call was well-received, according to a summary of the conversation: “The Secretary expressed appreciation for the UAE’s clear condemnation of Hamas’ heinous attacks on Israeli civilians and continued diplomatic engagement to prevent the spread of conflict.”

Blinken and Sheikh Mohammed also spoke about their shared desire to create a more cohesive, safe, and prosperous region and reiterated the value of the strategic alliance between the US and the UAE, according to the statement.