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Biden expected to pitch Israel, Ukraine aid in Thursday primetime address

Both nations are embroiled in conflicts with their neighbors and have requested and/or received substantive financial support from Washington.

Published: October 18, 2023 6:10pm

President Joe Biden plans to deliver a primetime address Thursday evening to speak to the American people about continued U.S. involvement in Israel and Ukraine.

The 8 p.m. address will see Biden "address the nation to discuss our response to Hamas' terrorist attacks against Israel and Russia’s ongoing brutal war against Ukraine,' the White House stated, according to The Hill.

Both nations are embroiled in conflicts with their neighbors and have requested and/or received substantive financial support from Washington. Since the February 2022 Russian invasion of Ukraine, Congress has approved more than $100 billion to bolster Kyiv's war effort.

Israel, meanwhile, has requested $10 billion in emergency aid as it maintains its bombardment of the Gaza Strip in retaliation for an Oct. 7 Hamas raid on its territory that saw the group's forces seize 199 hostages and kill many more civilians, the Times of Israel reported.

The Biden administration, meanwhile, is reportedly preparing a supplemental funding request for Congress that could total as much as $100 billion, including aid for both countries, as well as Taiwan, and additional funds to bolster border security, per The Hill.

Public support for continued aid to Ukraine has faded over the conflict and a CNN poll in August revealed that 55% of Americans believed Congress should not approve any additional financial support for Kyiv.

The announcement comes as Biden visited Israel on Wednesday and announced $100 million in humanitarian aid for Gaza, which critics such as Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis have called a "gift to Hamas."

Ben Whedon is an editor and reporter for Just the News. Follow him on X, formerly Twitter. 

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