Hamas Caught Off Guard by U.S. Solidarity with Israel

When events unfolded recently in the Middle East, there was one key player that Hamas admittedly failed to account for: the United States of America. The Biden administration’s robust response to the conflict caught the terror organization by surprise, illustrating the strong bond between the U.S. and Israel.

Senior Hamas leader Ali Barakeh confessed in a recent interview that while they expected Israel to react, the active involvement of the U.S. was not on their radar. A testament to this was the swift deployment of the USS Gerald R. Ford, the world’s largest aircraft carrier, to Israel’s coast a mere day after the conflict erupted.

The U.S. further showcased its commitment to ensuring Israel’s safety and security by dispatching Lt.-Gen. James Glynn, along with other top military officers, strategized Israel’s ground operations in the Gaza Strip. Additionally, to bolster Israel’s air defense and protect its civilians from rocket strikes, the U.S. sent two Iron Dome systems.

The U.S. Department of Defense made its priorities clear: to stand by Israel’s defense needs and safeguard the American forces in the region. Regular communication between U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd J. Austin III and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant further emphasized the close collaboration between the two nations.

U.S. President Joe Biden, in his address from the White House, reaffirmed the unwavering U.S. support for Israel, reiterating the country’s commitment to ensuring that Israel remains equipped to safeguard its people and defend its sovereignty.

U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken, in a joint appearance with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, underscored the depth of the U.S.-Israel bond with his affirming words: “While Israel possesses the strength to defend itself, with the U.S. by its side, it never will stand alone.”

In the same interview, Barakeh revealed that Hamas’ invasion into southwestern Israel exceeded their original expectations in terms of hostages taken, with the goal initially being only 10-20 captives. However, Israel’s resilience remains unwavering, as they continue to prioritize the safety and wellbeing of their citizens.