Following a significant attack by Hamas that resulted in over 1,000 casualties, including Americans, the U.S. Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin has directed the Ford carrier strike group to move to the Eastern Mediterranean to support Israel. The USS Gerald R. Ford and its accompanying vessels and warplanes will demonstrate U.S. readiness to respond to potential threats. Meanwhile, the Biden administration is committed to rapidly supplying Israel with additional equipment and resources.
- The Ford carrier strike group, including the Navy’s latest aircraft carrier USS Gerald R. Ford and additional ships, has been directed to assist Israel in the Eastern Mediterranean.
- The U.S. deployment is intended to deter regional conflict expansion, especially following Israel’s formal declaration of war and approval for “significant military steps” against Hamas.
- Preliminary reports suggest at least four American citizens were killed in the Hamas attacks with seven more unaccounted for; many of those affected are dual U.S.-Israeli citizens.
- President Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu discussed the hostage situations involving Hamas during a phone call, with Biden emphasizing global unity against such acts.
- In addition to military support, the U.S. is engaging in diplomatic efforts, with Secretary of State Antony Blinken communicating with officials from Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and the UAE to discourage further escalation.