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By The Smartencyclopedia Staff & Agencies

In a swift response to President Biden’s announcement during his State of the Union address, the U.S. Army Vessel General Frank S. Besson has set sail from Joint Base Langley-Eustis in Virginia towards the eastern Mediterranean. The vessel is tasked with leading an emergency mission to construct a temporary pier in Gaza, facilitating the efficient reception of large aid shipments.

This development comes amid escalating tensions between President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu regarding Israel’s military operations in Gaza. The conflict, ongoing since October, has resulted in a reported 31,000 Palestinian casualties, as stated by the Gaza Ministry of Health.

During his address, President Biden emphasized that while Israel has the right to defend itself, it also bears a “fundamental responsibility” to protect innocent civilians in Gaza. The U.S. has already initiated airdrops of food into Gaza, and the planned temporary pier aims to enhance the delivery of substantial aid, including food, water, medicine, and temporary shelters.

President Biden clarified that “no U.S. boots will be on the ground” as part of this mission. Additionally, other countries are expected to join the U.S. in the effort, with workers from the United Nations and various aid groups playing a crucial role in dispersing the aid.

U.S. Central Command announced on Saturday that the U.S. Army Vessel General Frank S. Besson, designated as a logistics support vessel, is en route to the eastern Mediterranean, carrying the initial equipment required for constructing the temporary pier.

The U.S. government’s dual approach, advocating for aid delivery to Gaza while expressing support for Israel has been evident since the start of the conflict. President Biden’s recent caution to Prime Minister Netanyahu, asserting that he is “hurting Israel more than helping Israel,” adds a layer of complexity to the diplomatic relationship between the two allies.

Netanyahu, in response to Biden’s comments, stated in an interview with Politico that he did not fully understand the President’s remarks. However, he emphasized that if Biden suggested pursuing policies against the majority of Israelis’ wishes, it would be incorrect on both counts.

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