US leadership 'holds the world together,' Biden says in bid for Ukraine, Israel funds

December 05, 2023

Biden sought to link Hamas militants in the Gaza Strip who attacked Israel to Russian President Vladimir Putin , whose forces invaded Ukraine in February 2022. ADVERTISEMENT AdvertisementBiden will ask Congress for $100 billion in new spending, including $60 billion for Ukraine and $14 billion for Israel, a source familiar with his plan told Reuters. Half of the $60 billion Biden is requesting for Ukraine would go toward replacing and modernizing U.S. weapons stocks, the source said. As global protests grow about the attacks on Gaza, Biden urged Israelis not to give in to "blind rage" as they respond to Hamas. In a separate Reuters/Ipsos poll earlier this month, roughly the same proportion agreed with a statement that Washington "should provide weapons to Ukraine."