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Biden addressed the Americans about assistance to Ukraine and Israel: full text of the speech

On Thursday, October 19, US President Joe Biden addressed Americans from the Oval Office with a speech about the wars between Israel and Hamas, as well as Russia and Ukraine. Edition The New York Times prepared a full transcript of his appeal.

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Biden's message

Good evening, my fellow Americans.

We stand on the eve of a turning point in history. This is one of those moments when the decisions we make today shape the future for decades to come. This is what I want to talk to you about.

This morning I returned from Israel. I was told that I was the first American president to go there during the war. I met with the Prime Minister and members of his cabinet. And, most movingly, I met with Israelis who personally experienced the horror of the Hamas attack on October 7th. More than 1300 people were killed in Israel, including at least 32 American citizens. Dozens of innocent people were taken hostage, from babies to the elderly, grandparents, Israelis and Americans. As I have told the American families held captive by Hamas, we will use every opportunity to bring their loved ones home. As President, there is no higher priority for me than the safety of the Americans being held hostage.

The terrorist group Hamas has unleashed pure, unadulterated evil into the world. Unfortunately, the Jewish people know perhaps better than others that there is no limit to the depravity of people when they want to hurt others.

In Israel I saw a people strong, determined, resilient, but at the same time angry, shocked, and in deep, deep pain. I spoke with Palestinian Authority President Abbas and reaffirmed that the United States remains committed to the Palestinian people's right to dignity and self-determination. The actions of Hamas terrorists do not take away this right.

Like everyone, I am shocked by the tragic deaths of Palestinians, including the Gaza hospital explosion, which was not the fault of the Israelis. We mourn for every innocent soul lost. We cannot ignore the humanity of innocent Palestinians who want to live in peace.

The attack on Israel is an echo of nearly 20 months of war, tragedy and brutality inflicted on the people of Ukraine - a people who suffered greatly after Russian President Vladimir Putin launched a full-scale invasion.

We have not forgotten about the mass graves, about the bodies found with signs of torture, about the rape used as a weapon by the Russians, about the thousands and thousands of Ukrainian children forcibly taken to Russia, stolen from their parents.

It's disgusting.

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Hamas and Putin pose different threats, but they have one thing in common - they both want to completely destroy the neighboring democracy, completely destroy it. The stated purpose of Hamas's existence is the destruction of the State of Israel and the murder of the Jewish people. Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people. Hamas uses Palestinian civilians as human shields, causing great suffering to innocent Palestinian families.

At the same time, Putin denies that Ukraine has or ever had real statehood. He claims that Ukraine was created by the Soviet Union. And just two weeks ago, he told the whole world that if the United States and our allies withdraw their troops (the Russian Federation believes that American troops are fighting on the side of Ukraine), then military support for Ukraine will remain, I quote, “for a week.”

But we won't back down.

I know these conflicts may seem far away, and it's natural to ask: Why does this matter to America? Let me tell you why ensuring the success of Israel and Ukraine is vital to America's national security.

History teaches us that when terrorists do not pay the price for their terror, when dictators do not pay the price for their aggression, they cause more chaos, death and destruction. They continue to act. And the costs and threats to America and the world continue to grow.

Therefore, if we do not stop Putin's desire for power and control in Ukraine, he will not limit himself to Ukraine. Putin has already threatened to remind, and I quote, “to remind Poland that their western lands were a gift from Russia.” One of his top advisers, a former Russian president, called Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania “Russian Baltic provinces.”

All these countries are NATO allies. For 75 years, NATO has maintained peace in Europe and is the cornerstone of American security. If Putin attacks a NATO ally, we will defend every inch of NATO, as the treaty requires and calls for.

We will get what we do not strive for. Let me be clear: we do not want American troops to fight in Russia or fight against Russia.

Outside of Europe, we know our allies and, most importantly, our adversaries and competitors are watching. They are watching our reaction in Ukraine. And if we walk away and allow Putin to destroy Ukraine's independence, then potential aggressors around the world will be emboldened to try to do the same. The risk of conflict and chaos could spread to other parts of the world: the Indo-Pacific, the Middle East, and especially the Middle East. Iran supports Russia in Ukraine and supports Hamas and other terrorist groups in the region. And we will continue to hold them accountable.

The United States and our partners across the region are working to build a better future for the Middle East. A future in which the Middle East is more stable, better connected to its neighbors, and with innovative projects like the India-Middle East-Europe rail corridor that I announced at this year's Summit of the World's Major Economies, more predictable markets, more workers places, less anger, less discontent, fewer wars. This benefits people. This benefits the people of the Middle East, and it benefits us.

American leadership is what holds the world together. American alliances are what keep us, America, safe. American values ​​are what makes us a partner that other countries want to work with. Putting all this at risk if we turn our backs on Ukraine and Israel is simply not worth it.

That's why tomorrow I will send an urgent budget request to Congress to fund America's national security needs to support our critical partners, including Israel and Ukraine. It is a smart investment that will pay dividends for American security for generations, help us keep American troops out of harm's way, and help us build a world that is safer, more peaceful, and more prosperous for our children and grandchildren.

For Israel, we must ensure that it has what it needs to protect its people today and always. The security package that I am sending to Congress, and that I am asking Congress for, is an unprecedented commitment to Israel's security that will sharpen the quality of Israeli military superiority that we have pledged to provide. We will ensure that the Iron Dome continues to guard the skies over Israel. We will make sure other hostile actors in the region know that Israel is stronger than ever and will not allow this conflict to escalate.

At the same time, Prime Minister Netanyahu and I yesterday discussed once again the critical need for Israel to operate under the laws of war. This means protecting civilians during hostilities to the extent possible. Residents of Gaza are in dire need of food, water and medicine.

Yesterday, during negotiations with the leaders of Israel and Egypt, I achieved an agreement on the first delivery of humanitarian aid from the UN to the Palestinian civilian population of Gaza. Unless Hamas intercepts or steals this shipment, we will ensure that life-saving humanitarian aid can continue to reach the Palestinians.

As I said in Israel, no matter how difficult it may be, we cannot give up on peace. We cannot abandon the two-state solution.

Israel and Palestinians alike deserve to live in security, dignity and peace.

You know, we have to be honest with ourselves. In recent years, hatred has received too much oxygen, fueling racism, the rise of anti-Semitism, and Islamophobia right here in the United States.

It has also intensified following recent events, leading to terrible threats and terrorist attacks that shock us and break our hearts.

The terrorist attacks of October 7 have left deep scars and terrible memories in the Jewish community. Today, Jewish families worry that they may be targeted at school, they are afraid to wear symbols of their faith, walk on the streets or simply go about their daily lives. And I know that many of you in the Muslim American community, the Arab American community, the Palestinian American community and many others are angry and bitter, saying to yourself, “Here we go again, the Islamophobia and mistrust that we saw after 11/XNUMX.”

Just last week a mother was brutally stabbed to death. Here in the USA, a little boy who had just turned 6 years old was killed in a house near Chicago. His name was Vadea. Wadea, a proud American, a proud Palestinian-American family.

We cannot stand by and remain silent when this happens. We must condemn anti-Semitism outright. We must bluntly condemn Islamophobia.

And I want everyone who is suffering to know: I see you. I tell you this: you are all America.

Now, in times like these, when fear and suspicion, anger and rage take hold, we must work harder than ever to preserve the values ​​that make us who we are. We are a nation of religious freedom, freedom of expression. We all have the right to debate and disagree without fear of being targeted in schools, workplaces or in our communities.

We must renounce violence and anger, perceive each other not as enemies, but as compatriots.

When I was in Israel yesterday, I said that when America went through the hell of September 11th. We, too, felt furious, and although we sought and obtained justice, we made mistakes. Therefore, I warn the Israeli government not to be blinded by anger.

And here in America, let's not forget who we are. We reject any form, any manifestation of hatred, be it against Muslims, Jews or anyone else. This is what great nations do. And we are a great nation.

Regarding Ukraine, I ask Congress to make sure that we can continue to uninterruptedly send Ukraine the weapons it needs to defend itself and its country so that Ukraine can stop Putin's brutality in Ukraine.

They succeed. When Putin invaded Ukraine, he thought he would take Kyiv and all of Ukraine in a matter of days. More than a year has passed, but Putin has failed and continues to fail.

Kyiv still stands thanks to the courage of the Ukrainian people. Ukraine has regained more than 50% of the territory that was once occupied by Russian troops. It is supported by a US-led coalition of more than 50 countries, all of which are doing their part to support Kyiv.

Meanwhile, Putin has turned to Iran and North Korea to buy attack drones and munitions to terrorize Ukrainian cities and populations.

I stated from the very beginning that I would not send American troops to fight in Ukraine. All Ukraine is asking for is help, weapons, ammunition, capacity, the ability to push invading Russian troops off their soil. And air defense systems to shoot down Russian missiles before they destroy Ukrainian cities.

Let me make something clear.

We send equipment to Ukraine that is located in our warehouses. And when we use the money appropriated by Congress, we use it to replenish our own warehouses, our own inventories, with new equipment. Equipment that protects America and is made in America. Patriot missiles for air defense batteries are made in Arizona. Artillery shells are produced in 12 states of the country - Pennsylvania, Ohio, Texas. And much more.

You know, just as during World War II, today patriotic American workers are building the arsenal of democracy and serving the cause of freedom.

In conclusion, let me say this.

Earlier this year, I boarded Air Force One for a secret flight to Poland. There I boarded a blacked-out train, traveled 10 hours to Kyiv, and stood with the people of Ukraine ahead of the first anniversary of their courageous fight against Putin. I was told that since President Lincoln I was the first American to enter a combat zone not controlled by the US military.

Only a small group of security personnel and a few advisers were with me. But when I got off the train and met with Ukrainian President Vladimir Zelensky, I didn’t feel alone. I carried the idea of ​​America, the promise of America to people who are fighting today for the same things we fought for 250 years ago: freedom, independence, self-determination. And as I walked through Kyiv with President Zelensky, and air raid sirens sounded in the distance, I felt more acutely than ever what I had always believed in: America is still a beacon for the whole world.

We are, as my friend Madeleine Albright said, an indispensable nation.

There are innocent people all over the world tonight who have hope because of us. They believe in a better life thanks to us. They desperately want us not to forget them. And who are waiting for us.

But time is running out.

I know we have disagreements at home. We must overcome them. We cannot allow petty, partisan, evil politics to stop us from fulfilling our responsibilities as a great nation. We cannot and will not allow terrorists like Hamas and tyrants like Putin to win. I refuse to let that happen.

In moments like these, we must remember who we are. We are the United States of America. And there is nothing, nothing that we cannot do if we do it together.

My fellow Americans, thank you for your time. May God bless you all and may God protect our troops.

Zelensky's reaction

Zelensky commented on US President Joe Biden’s speech to the Americans. According to him, it was a powerful appeal, writes TSN.

He thanked the American leader for all the support of the United States and its unwavering belief that humanity, freedom, independence and a rules-based international order must always prevail.

“Together we will not allow hatred to destroy freedom, we will not allow terrorists to destroy democracy. Our common goal is to protect a free way of life for all our nations. The world, especially countries that oppose aggression and terrorism, expect America to be a leader in preserving our common freedom,” Zelensky wrote.

He noted that the unwavering bipartisan support for Ukraine in the United States is incredibly inspiring to all warriors and the entire nation.

“America’s investments in the defense of Ukraine will ensure long-term security for all of Europe and the world,” Zelensky concluded.

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The Russian Federation is unhappy

Deputy Chairman of the Russian Security Council Dmitry Medvedev responded to Joe Biden’s appeal to citizens to support Ukraine and Israel. In his opinion, the world continues to slide into a deep abyss, writes TSN.

“Decisions are being made that clearly indicate not only the irreversible mental disorder of their carriers, but also the loss of the remnants of conscience. The decisions are significant and small, but they scream about the illness of the entire society,” said the Kremlin mouthpiece.

According to him, Biden called the money that should be spent on the death of other people far from the United States a “smart investment.” We are talking about the acquisition of additional weapons worth tens of billions for Ukraine and Israel.

“Is investing in the death of unnecessary people smart and good? There are no words here. This is beyond good and evil. And this is not just the dementia of an old fool, but the whole philosophy of their state life for centuries,” Medvedev continued.

He added that the result of such statements is obvious - the intifada will last forever.

“And the quantity of weapons supplied will sooner or later translate into quality. High-explosive fragmentation, cumulative, incendiary and volumetric detonating charges will turn into nuclear ones. The world, led by the United States, continues to slide into a deep abyss,” Medvedev said.

At the same time, the representative of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, Maria Zakharova, believes that the United States deceived the whole world.

"They used to call it 'the fight for freedom and democracy.' Now it turns out that this is just a calculation. He has always been like this, it’s just that the world was deceived under the guise of values ​​that do not exist for Washington,” Zakharova wrote.

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