Biden Says He’s ‘Proud’ of US Support for Israel After Gaza Bombardment Kills 45, Including 16 Children

President Biden released a statement on Sunday night after a ceasefire was announced for Gaza following a three-day Israeli bombing campaign, which left at least 45 Palestinians dead, including 16 children.

The bombing campaign started on Friday when Israel targeted a leader of the Palestinian group Islamic Jihad in Gaza. The initial strike killed an Islamic Jihad leader, as well as a five-year-old girl, a 23-year-old woman, and seven other Palestinian men.

“My support for Israel’s security is long-standing and unwavering — including its right to defend itself against attacks. Over these recent days, Israel has defended its people from indiscriminate rocket attacks launched by the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad,” Biden said.

Over the three days of bombings, the Islamic Jihad fired rockets into Israel, but no Israelis were killed. Biden said that the US was “proud” of its support for the Iron Dome, one of Israel’s missile defense systems.