Biden Announces ‘Emergency’ Military Mission to Establish Port in Gaza for Aid

Biden is taking drastic measures to get aid into the Strip instead of using military aid to pressure Israel

Updated 10:25 PM EST on March 7

President Biden announced during the State of the Union on Thursday night that he ordered a military mission to establish a port in Gaza to get more aid into the Strip as Palestinians are starving to death and Israel is still restricting aid.

The drastic measure is being ordered instead of Biden using the enormous leverage he has over Israel to pressure them to allow in more aid or halt the genocidal campaign. The US also recently started conducting airdrops of aid into Gaza, which aid groups have slammed as a public relations ploy.

“Tonight, I’m directing the US military to lead an emergency mission to establish a temporary pier in the Mediterranean on the Gaza coast that can receive large ships carrying food, water, medicine, and temporary shelters,” Biden said.

US officials claimed to Axios that the pier in the sea off the Gaza coast will allow hundreds of aid trucks to enter the Strip per day. But the pier will take weeks to build, and Palestinians are already starving to death at a rapid rate.

Biden insisted there would be “no US boots on the ground.” But the plan does still run the risk of US personnel being targeted off the coast, which could lead to a major escalation of US involvement in the Israeli slaughter of Palestinians.

The aid will pass through Cyprus before heading to the pier and will be subject to Israeli inspections, which means some could be turned away.

CNN reported that some of the items most frequently rejected by Israel include anesthetics and anesthesia machines, oxygen cylinders, ventilators, and water filtration systems. The CNN report said other items that have faced restrictions are dates, sleeping bags, medicines to treat cancer, water purification tablets, and maternity kits.

Biden acknowledged in his speech that Israel has killed “thousands and thousands of innocent women and children” but gave no indication he was reconsidering his policy of unconditional military support for the slaughter.

“More than 30,000 Palestinians have been killed. Most of whom are not Hamas. Thousands and thousands are innocent women and children. Girls and boys also orphaned. Nearly 2 million more Palestinians under bombardment or displaced. Homes destroyed, neighborhoods in rubble, cities in ruin. Families without food, water, medicine,” he said.

The Washington Post revealed on Wednesday that Biden’s administration has approved over 100 arms deals for Israel since October 7.

Author: Dave DeCamp

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