Friday, June 14, 2024

Biden Changes Tune on Israel Amid Pressure from Extremist ‘Squad’

'The overwhelming majority of Palestinians had nothing to do with Hamas...'

(Luis CornelioHeadline USA) President Joe Biden appeared to adjust his stance on the ongoing Israel-Palestine conflict, with a newfound emphasis on the well-being of Gazans amidst the recent escalations, according to a recent report. 

The shift in emphasis comes amidst pro-Palestinian pressure from the radical left faction of the Democratic Party, urging the administration to address the humanitarian crisis in the Gaza Strip. 

In a recent communication with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, Biden conveyed his support for Israel’s response to the Hamas threat, but notably linked continued support with the treatment of civilians in the Hamas-controlled Gaza Strip. 

On Oct. 14, Biden drew attention to the perceived innocence of Palestinians in the conflict, claiming that “the overwhelming majority of Palestinians had nothing to do with Hamas and Hamas’s appalling attacks, and they’re suffering as a result as well.” 

Four days later, the New York Times reported, Biden added, “Israel has been badly victimized. But, you know, the truth is that if they have an opportunity to relieve suffering of people who have nowhere to go, that is what they should do.”

In recent remarks, Jake Sullivan, Biden’s national security adviser, emphasized the administration’s commitment to Gazans, urging Israel to exercise restraint in response to the recent Hamas-ignited massacre, which has claimed the lives of at least 1,400 individuals in Israel, including several U.S. citizens.

White House officials have attributed the adjustment in rhetoric to the grave situation in Gaza. Notably, embers of the so-called “Squad” within the Democratic Party, including Reps. Ilhan Omar, R-Minn., and Rashida Tlaib, R-Mich., have been vocal in their criticism of the administration’s support for Israel. 

In a seemingly unhinged and viral response, Omar criticized the president’s support for Israel

“How is it that we have a president who is talking about releasing hostages, who is talking about getting American citizens out of Israel, but could not get himself to say, I want to save and work to save the hundreds, thousands of Americans stuck in Gaza,” Omar said during a press conference outside the U.S. Capitol. “What is wrong with you?”

Tlaib, who has Palestinian roots, led a group of protestors into the U.S. Capitol last week, resulting in the detention of approximately 300 individuals and charges against three individuals accused of assaulting a police officer.

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