Given his actions since taking the White House, the odds of President Joe Biden agreeing with former President Donald Trump on any single issue are extremely slim, at best.
However, in a move that upset a number of anti-Israel, progressive Democrats, Biden reportedly agreed with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in a recent phone call that Israel has a right to defend itself from the onslaught of Hamas-led rocket attacks. The talk came as Israeli forces continue to clash with both Palestinian protesters and Hamas terrorists, according to the Washington Examiner.
What did Biden say?
According to a White House statement, Biden spoke to Netanyahu on Saturday about the ongoing deadly conflict, as Hamas terrorists continue to fire barrages of rockets toward a number of populated areas within the Jewish state.
“The president reaffirmed his strong support for Israel’s right to defend itself against rocket attacks from Hamas and other terrorist groups in Gaza,” a statement on the president’s phone call read.
“He condemned these indiscriminate attacks against towns and cities across Israel,” the statement added, pointing out that the United States, along with its regional partners, is actively seeking diplomatic options to bring the conflict to a halt before more lives are lost.
Earlier in the week, Biden suggested that the bloody conflict would likely soon come to an end while adding that Israel was well within its rights to defend against Hamas’ rocket attacks.
“My expectation and hope is that this will be closing down sooner than later,” Biden said, according to NPR. “But Israel has a right to defend itself when you have thousands of rockets flying into your territory.”
Many in the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, including Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), and Ilhan Omar (D-MN), were unhappy with Biden’s statements on the current conflict and made clear that they firmly disagreed with the president.
“By only stepping in to name Hamas’ actions — which are condemnable — [and] refusing to acknowledge the rights of Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false idea that Palestinians instigated this cycle of violence,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote in a series of tweets disagreeing with the White House’s stance.
Tlaib slammed both Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken for “having trouble finding the courage to speak up against Israel’s actions,” while Omar suggested in a tweet that Biden should be doing more to stop Israel from attacking targets in Gaza.
A group of at least 25 Democrats penned a joint letter to Blinken in which they demanded that potential evictions in Sheikh Jarrah, which was apparently the spark that lit the fire for the latest conflict, be strongly condemned by the United States.
With any luck, the Biden administration will maintain its messaging that Israel has every right to defend itself — but given the increasing pressure from Democrats, it wouldn’t be a total shocker if the administration begins to slowly back away from its current stance if the conflict continues to worsen.