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Biden directly appeals to Americans to support Israel

In a direct appeal to Americans, US President Joe Biden urged citizens to support Israel and Ukraine as the “two fellow democracies” are facing existential threats amid the raging wars in both nations.

In an address to the nation from the Oval Office on Thursday, the President, who became the first world leader to visit Israel this week as Hamas continues its war against the Jewish nation, cast “this moment in history as an inflection point” — a battle between the world’s democracies and autocracies, CNN reported.

While arguing that “this is one of those moments”, he made a direct appeal to the American people on the eve of the White House requesting some $100 billion from Congress to deliver aid and resources to Ukraine, Israel, Taiwan, and the US border with Mexico, even though the legislative branch is paralyzed by the dysfunction in the House of Representatives which remains without a Speaker for a second week.

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“Hamas and (Russian President Vladimir) Putin represent different threats, but they share this in common: They both want to completely annihilate a neighboring democracy, completely annihilate it,” Biden said.

“We can’t let petty partisan, angry politics get in the way of our responsibilities as a great nation. We cannot and will not let terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin win. I refuse to let that happen.”

He laid out the stakes for the people in the US, calling the wars a national security imperative and a critical moment for the future of American leadership and democracies worldwide.

“American leadership is what holds the world together. American alliances are what keep us in America safe. American values are what make us a partner nation you want to work with.

“To put all that at risk – we walk away from Ukraine, we turn our backs on Israel – it’s just not worth it,” CNN quoted the President as saying. He went on to say that support for both wars is “vital for America’s national security”.

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