House Republicans urge Biden for ‘expedient release’ of hostages in Gaza

First appearance on Fox: The House Republican Caucus urged President Biden to “ensure the prompt release” of Americans held hostage by Hamas terrorists and to express Israel’s “unalienable right to self-defense.” .

“We write this letter today to express our full support to the State of Israel in its fight against Hamas, and specifically to support the safe and speedy recovery of hostages still held by Hamas in the Gaza Strip. We call on the government to do everything in its power to secure the release of these people.”In the aftermath of the heinous attack of October 7th.” Congressman Russell FryR.S.C. informed the White House.

“Furthermore, we demonstrate to the White House our unwavering support for Israel and the Jewish state’s mission to 1) defeat Hamas and 2) ensure the release of hostages during a particularly challenging period in Israel’s history. We request that all efforts be made to assist,” the letter said.

Fry has been added 15 Republicans call for aid to Israel.

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President Biden speaks from the Oval Office of the White House. A group of House Republicans sent a letter to Biden on Thursday imploring him to bring home American hostages held by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. (AP/Jonathan Ernst/Pool)

On October 7, 2023, an unexpected and overwhelming attack by at least 1,500 Hamas fighters who poured into Israel by land and sea left approximately 1,200 people dead.

More than 250 people were taken hostage and transferred to Hamas’s Gaza headquarters.

“While we recognize the scale and complexity of this situation, we must not forget that these barbaric terrorists are raping and pillaging across communities in southern Israel,” the letter said.

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U.S. officials said five of the hostages were American citizens, but it was unclear whether they survived.

“As you are aware, five American citizens are still believed to be hostages of Hamas: Edan Alexander, Sagui Deker-Cheng, Omer Neutra, Hersh Goldberg-Polin, and Keith Siegel,” the letter said. “it is written like this. “As this situation progressed, it quickly became clear that unthinkable acts were being committed against these hostages, including severe sexual and psychological abuse.”

The Republican caucus called on the White House to “align” with Israel, arguing that any “departure” from supporting Israel would only “harden” Hamas’ resolve.

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“We strongly believe that the United States should be Israel’s greatest ally and voice in the fight to bring these hostages home, especially given the international community’s consistent callous disregard for the hostage situation.” ,” the letter said. “With this in mind, it is paramount that the US aligns with Israel on its goals, as any deviation between Washington DC and Jerusalem will harden Hamas’s resolve and reduce opportunities for hostage negotiations. Because only.”

Biden sits in front of an Israeli flag with his hand on his lips.

House Republicans sent a letter to President Biden on Thursday urging him to bring home American hostages held by Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip. (Getty Images)

The letter called on Biden to use America’s “voice, position, and power” to bring the hostages home.

“Therefore, the United States must use its voice, position, and power on the world stage to amplify the plight of innocent hostages taken from their homes by U.S.-designated Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTOs). As such, we must continue to support Israel and ensure that Jerusalem has everything it needs to exercise its right of self-defense against Gaza, Iran, and other adversaries in the Middle East.” said.

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The letter singled out Hamas leaders in Qatar and called on the White House to pressure the wealthy country to end its support for the terrorist group.

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“The United States must also pressure Qatar to end its duplicitous role in this crisis. We urge it to expel Hamas leaders from Qatar and pressure Doha to end its support for terrorist organizations.” said the letter. “The United States cannot partner with countries that provide refuge to the FTO, which continues to kill and imprison innocent people. An honest assessment of the U.S.-Qatar relationship is critical to the safe return of these hostages. “A war that is critical to the end of Israel-Hamas.” “

Congressman Russell Fry

Frye said in a statement to Fox News Digital that he sent the letter to Biden after witnessing the aftermath of the attack firsthand.

“While in Israel, my colleagues and I witnessed firsthand the aftermath of the October 7th attack and the heartbreaking destruction and disruption of lives faced by Israelis,” said Frey.

“We must defeat Hamas”

“The Biden administration should not turn its back on our greatest ally in the Middle East.” “The United States must do everything in its power to help Israel defeat Hamas and other terrorists and ensure the safe release of all hostages taken by Hamas.”

Israeli Minister of Defense Yoav Gallant

Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant speaks during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin at the Pentagon in Arlington, Virginia, on March 26. (Anna Moneymaker/Getty Images)

On Thursday, Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin met with Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Galant and confirmed U.S. support for Israel.

At a press conference Thursday, Pentagon spokesman Maj. Gen. Pat Ryder said U.S. support for Israel is “ironclad.”

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“Secretary Austin met with his Israeli counterpart this afternoon. Secretary Gallant discussed the current situation in the Middle East and reaffirmed the United States’ unwavering commitment to Israel’s security against the threat posed by Iran and its proxies.”

Ryder said the United States is in “close contact” with Israel as the Iranian threat continues.