Biden speaks with families of missing Americans following Hamas' attack

October 15, 2023

President Joe Biden recently spoke with the families of those Americans who remain unaccounted for following Hamas' attack on Israel. 

Biden did so, according to CNN, on Friday.

Biden, on that day, also gave a speech in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

While Biden did continue his pro-Israel messaging, he also made at least one remark that many have found troubling.

"My personal commitment to do everything possible"

It is being reported that at least 25 Americans were killed as the result of Hamas' attack on Israel. It is also being reported that Hamas has taken at least 150 hostages and that some of these hotsages are Americans. 

Biden has vowed to do everything that he can to get these Americans back.

In his speech on Friday, referring to the families of these hostages, Biden said, "They’re going through agony not knowing what the status of their sons, daughters, husbands, wives, children are. You know, it’s gut wrenching."

The president added, "I assured them my personal commitment to do everything possible, everything possible [to ensure the return of their loved ones]."

National Security Council coordinator for strategic communications John Kirby has confirmed that the U.S. government is doing what it can to get these hostages back. But, the precise steps that the U.S. government is taking remain unclear.

Biden's troubling remark

During his speech on Friday, Biden said this:

We can’t lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians had nothing to do with Hamas. They’re suffering as a result as well.

The president reiterated this statement on X on Sunday, writing:

We must not lose sight of the fact that the overwhelming majority of Palestinians had nothing to do with Hamas’s appalling attacks, and are suffering as a result of them.

The reason why this remark is troubling is that many argue that Palestinians are not as innocent as Biden claims them to be because they have not done more to oppose Hamas.

Israeli President Isaac Herzog, on Friday, said:

It is an entire nation out there that is responsible. It is not true this rhetoric about civilians not being aware, not involved. It’s absolutely not true. They could have risen up. They could have fought against that evil regime which took over Gaza in a coup d’etat.

Biden's remark contrasts with the pro-Israel messaging that he has been using. And, it is likely something that neither Israel nor the families of the missing Americans wanted to hear.

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