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White House Condemns Attacks in Israel

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Drawing comparisons to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks in New York, President Biden led a chorus of national leaders in condemning coordinated attacks by the militant organization Hamas in Israel. “This was an act of sheer evil,” said President Biden in remarks from the White House about the assault that left thousands dead, including dozens of Americans. Secretary of State Blinken delivered the president’s message in person that the American people stood with Israel, and Secretary of Defense Austin arrived with ammunition shipments and a promise to deliver a bigger military package in the future. 

Which governmental body must approve the military package for Israel?

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Writing: Explain how the war in Israel might jeopardize the U.S. commitment to Ukraine. How has the Biden Administration attempted to keep focus on the Ukraine conflict?

Debate: Should the United States set an example by taking refugees from the Israel-Hamas War?

Poll: Will the Israel-Hamas War be an important political issue in the 2024 presidential election?

Short Answer: What larger message is President Biden trying to send to the world with his steadfast support of Ukraine and Israel?

News Quiz



The State Department prevented the evacuation of non-emergency personnel from Israel. (T/F)

Several White House staffers have been directly impacted by the terrorist attacks in Israel. (T/F)

President. Biden, along with the leaders of France, Germany, Italy, and the United Kingdom issued a joint statement condemning Hamas. (T/F)

Multiple Choice

When did Israel officially declare war on Hamas?

  1. October 7
  2. October 8
  3. October 9
  4. October 10

Governor Ron DeSantis

  1. praised President Biden’s response to the attacks in Israel.
  2. criticized former President Trump for criticizing Israel and praising Hezbollah.
  3. alleged that Iraq used 6 billion dollars to support Hamas.
  4. suggested that the U.S. should welcome refugees escaping Gaza.

Secretary of Defense Austin said that what Hamas did was worse than ______.

  1. September 11
  2. World War II
  3. the Taliban
  4. ISIS

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