Biden on Rejecting Hate – ”Let Us Not Forget Who We Are”

President Biden addressed the nation from the Oval Office Thursday evening.

The main topics of the 15-minute speech were the conflict between Israel and the Palestinians, and the war in Ukraine.

The Middle East has entered a new phase since Hamas killed about 1,400 Israelis in a surprise attack on Oct. 7. Israeli reprisals have killed around 3,800 Palestinians.

A ground invasion of Gaza by Israel could come at any moment.

On Ukraine, polls show American public commitment to the war wavering as the price tag for aid keeps rising.

Biden’s speech was also delivered against a backdrop of dysfunction on Capitol Hill, where the House has been without a Speaker since Rep. Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) was ousted on Oct. 3.

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