As the radical Islamist group Hamas terrorizes Israel, launching rockets on Jerusalem Day, President Joe Biden did not directly condemn the group Wednesday after a reporter asked him about the ensuing Middle East conflict.
A reporter asked Biden if he is “concerned” about the conflict. Biden said “Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory” but did not go further to call out Hamas as the one doing the terrorizing.
“My national security staff and defense staff has been in constant contact with their counterparts in the Middle East, not just with the Israelis, but also with everyone from the Egyptians, to the Saudis, to the Emirates, etc.,” said Biden. “And I had a conversation with Bibi Netanyahu not too long ago; I’ll be putting out a statement very shortly on that. My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later.”
Former President Donald Trump issued a statement Tuesday, calling out Biden for “weakness” and his “lack of support for Israel.”
“When I was in office we were known as the Peace Presidency, because Israel’s adversaries knew that the United States stood strongly with Israel and there would be swift retribution if Israel was attacked,” Trump said. “Under Biden, the world is getting more violent and more unstable because Biden’s weakness and lack of support for Israel is leading to new attacks on our allies.”
Members of “The Squad” have been vocal in opposition to Israel’s sovereignty. Rep. Ilan Omar, D-Minn., tweeted that “Many will tell you Israel has a right to defend itself, to safety and security, but are silent on whether Palestinians have those rights too. Until we can defend the rights of Palestinians just as we do Israelis, we have no leg to stand on when it comes to justice or peace.”
Many will tell you Israel has a right to defend itself, to safety and security, but are silent on whether Palestinians have those rights too.
Until we can defend the rights of Palestinians just as we do Israelis, we have no leg to stand on when it comes to justice or peace.
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) May 10, 2021