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Biden accused of helping Hamas as Israel fumes at threatened weapons freeze


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The Times of Israel

Trump: ‘Crooked Joe’ siding with the terrorists; FM Katz: Fight against Hamas won’t halt; envoy to UN: Biden could suffer in Nov.; US Jewish groups, GOP, some Dems denounce move
Joshua Davidovich, Michael Bachner and Sam Sokol

May 9 2024

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Demonstrators demand the continuation of fighting in the Gaza Strip outside the US Embassy Branch Office in Tel Aviv, May 7, 2024. (Tomer Neuberg/Flash90)

A threat by US President Joe Biden that some arms shipments will be frozen if the Israel launches a planned offensive in Rafah was met with swift denunciation from government figures in Jerusalem on Thursday, who indicated that the military would push ahead regardless.

The comments from Biden also sparked harsh criticism against Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu by chief opposition rival Yair Lapid for what he said was the government’s “failed management” of ties with Washington.

In the US, some American Jewish groups and US lawmakers spoke out against the move and others indicated it was unlikely to go beyond words. Former president Donald Trump accused Biden of siding with terrorists.

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Republican Senator Mitt Romney of Utah tweeted, “We stand by allies, we don’t second guess them. Biden’s dithering on Israel weapons is bad policy and a terrible message to Israel, our allies and the world.”

Shortly before Biden spoke to CNN, US House Speaker Mike Johnson and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell penned a joint letter to the president blasting his decision last week to hold up the arms transfer to Israel.

The move “flies in the face of assurances provided regarding the timely delivery of security assistance to Israel” and “call into question your pledge that your commitment to Israel’s security will remain ironclad,” the two wrote.

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Ted Deutch, a longtime Democratic congressman who now heads the American Jewish Committee, expressed dismay that Biden was taking action against Israel as it fights the Hamas terror group.

“President Biden should not take steps that could impair Israel’s ability to prevent Hamas from attacking it again and again — as its leaders have promised,” he wrote on social media. “The U.S. knows that defeating Hamas is critical to Israel’s long-term security and to defeating the global threat posed by the Iranian regime and its proxies.”

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May 9, 2024

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"I think he has been wrong on nearly every major foreign policy and national security issue over the past four decades,”

former Defense Secretary Robert Gates

"Don't underestimate Joe's ability to f*** things up."

Barack Obama

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While Lloyd Austin was testifying before the Senate regarding the conflict in the Middle East, Lindsey Graham went after him, pointing out several flaws in his argument. This was a good move from Lindsey.

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