The Biden administration is on a mission to bring back Americans who have been taken hostage by the terrorist group Hamas, according to President Joe Biden. During a roundtable with Jewish community leaders at the White House, President Biden expressed his commitment to resolving the hostage crisis, stating that experts are being deployed to assist with recovery efforts. “The press are going to shout to me—and many of you are—that, you know, ‘What are you doing to bring these—get these folks home?’ If I told you, I wouldn’t be able to get them home,” President Biden added, hinting at the secret operations taking place.
President Biden, who was initially not scheduled to attend the roundtable, took the opportunity to show his support for Israel and denounce anti-Semitism. He emphasized the United States’ commitment to Israel’s security and the safety of the Jewish people, stating that the U.S. has Israel’s back. President Biden’s remarks come in the midst of ongoing attacks by Hamas since October 7.
White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre confirmed that 17 Americans are currently unaccounted for and 22 have been killed due to the war. While there is no specific proof of life on any individual hostage, the administration believes the number held hostage is “very small—like less than a handful.” However, there is a possibility that these numbers could increase over time. When asked about the conditions of the hostages, National Security Council spokesman John Kirby stated that unfortunately, they do not have specific information.
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Meanwhile, Representative Cory Mills, an Army veteran who served in Iraq, revealed that he has been in Israel “doing Biden’s job” by helping Americans evacuate the country. Mr. Mills, who had previously assisted with the withdrawal of Americans and refugees from Afghanistan, has already helped evacuate 32 Americans and plans to make another trip on Thursday.
Lawmakers from both sides of the aisle have also been pushing for the evacuation of Americans from Israel. On October 10, 146 members of Congress urged the Biden administration to use all available resources, including chartering flights and military options, to evacuate Americans trapped in Israel due to the ongoing war. Numerous airlines have already halted flights to and from Israel due to the actions of Hamas.
As the situation continues to unfold, the Biden administration remains dedicated to bringing back the American hostages, though specific details of their whereabouts and conditions remain unknown.