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Biden’s arrival in Israel marks a challenging diplomatic mission for the President . Upon landing, Biden greeted Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu and President Herzog with hugs on the tarmac . The purpose of Biden’s visit is to show support for Israel and its fight against Hamas while urging restraint in a potential ground invasion of the Gaza Strip . The trip is politically and physically risky, but Biden aims to demonstrate solidarity with America’s closest ally in the Middle East . The presence of the President in Israel is meant to exhibit solidarity with allies and discourage further escalation of the conflict .