Biden's Stance on Israel-Hamas Conflict Faces Scrutiny

Mason Riverwind

Updated Saturday, March 30, 2024 at 6:28 AM CDT

Biden's Stance on Israel-Hamas Conflict Faces Scrutiny

In a recent appearance on 'The Faulkner Focus,' Steve Hilton brought President Biden's shifting position on the Israel-Hamas conflict, highlighting a tense political situation that has seen the U.S. withhold full military support from Israel. General Charles Q. Brown, Chairman of the U.S. Joint Chiefs of Staff, confirmed during an event with the Defense Writer’s Group that not all of Israel's arms requests have been met, citing capacity issues among other factors, yet without specifying which arms were withheld.

The Pentagon, maintaining a veil of discretion, has yet to detail the specific military equipment denied to Israel, as Navy Capt. Jereal Dorsey, a spokesman for General Brown, emphasized the routine procedure of stockpile assessment prior to sanctioning military aid. Despite these developments, official statements continue to affirm the United States' commitment to Israel's right to defend itself against Hamas.

Tensions escalated further when Israeli forces were seen operating a mobile howitzer near the Lebanese border on January 15, 2024, coinciding with the U.S. abstention from a U.N. Security Council vote calling for an immediate cease-fire. This abstention, alongside a photograph capturing an Israeli air strike over Gaza City on October 9, 2023, has stirred controversy and division.

The Biden administration's approach to the conflict has not only drawn criticism from international human rights advocates and Democratic allies but has also led to internal strife. Annelle Sheline, a former State Department staffer, and Josh Paul from the Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, have resigned in protest over U.S. support for Israel during its offensive in Gaza, with Sheline citing violations of humanitarian laws such as the Leahy laws and Section 620 of the Foreign Assistance Act.

Dissent has extended to the public sphere, where voter dissatisfaction was palpable as many Democratic primary voters selected "uncommitted" on Super Tuesday, reflecting unease with Biden's pro-Israel stance. Republican commentators have not missed the opportunity to point out the discord within the Democratic Party and the strained relations with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

Moreover, the humanitarian impact of the conflict has been profound. The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza reports over 32,000 Palestinian casualties, while Israeli sources recount 1,200 civilian deaths following a Hamas terrorist attack in October. These sobering figures, coupled with the obstruction of humanitarian aid, have raised concerns about the legality and morality of U.S. military aid to Israel.

Public opinion is shifting as well; a Gallup poll conducted between March 1-20, 2023, indicates that 55% of Americans disapprove of Israel’s actions in Gaza, with only 36% in approval. The poll also shows that 74% of Americans are closely following the crisis, marking a significant engagement with the issue.

As the Biden administration navigates this complex geopolitical landscape, the moral standing of the United States and its role in international diplomacy remain at the center of a heated debate that has captured global attention. With internal party opposition, public protests, and the cancellation of a U.S. visit by Israeli leadership following the non-veto of a UN resolution, the controversy surrounding the U.S. stance on the Israel-Hamas conflict continues to draw scrutiny from both national and international observers.

Conservative Bias:

Once again, the liberals show their true colors, betraying our closest ally in the Middle East, Israel, in their time of need. President Biden's refusal to fully arm Israel against the terrorist organization Hamas is nothing short of disgraceful. The Pentagon's excuses about 'capacity issues' are a smokescreen for the administration's lack of backbone. It's clear that Biden and his cronies would rather appease the radical leftists in their party and the anti-Israel crowd at the UN than stand firm with a nation that shares our democratic values. The resignations within the State Department are just another example of the liberal agenda undermining our foreign policy and national security. While Hamas continues its assault on innocent lives, Biden is content to sit by and let Israel fend for itself, all while the Democratic Party implodes with indecision and infighting. This is what you get with a weak administration that cares more about political correctness than protecting freedom and democracy.

Liberal Bias:

Once again, the conservative war hawks are foaming at the mouth, eager to throw more weapons into a conflict without a second thought for the human cost. Biden's administration, while still far from perfect, is at least showing some restraint in not blindly fulfilling every arms request from Israel as they continue their disproportionate attacks on Gaza. The fact that the U.S. abstained from a U.N. vote calling for a cease-fire speaks volumes about the moral bankruptcy of their foreign policy. It's heartening to see brave individuals like Annelle Sheline and Josh Paul resign in protest over the U.S.'s complicity in these atrocities. The Republican commentators' glee over internal Democratic dissent is just a smokescreen to distract from the real issue: the ongoing support for a government that is engaging in what many consider to be war crimes against Palestinians. The American public is waking up, as shown by the recent Gallup poll, and it's high time the U.S. revisits its unconditional support for Israel and takes a stand for human rights and international law.

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