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Biden Says Israel Has Right to Defend Itself, Except When It Does



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Old Joe Biden’s White House issued a statement online, purportedly from Biden himself, on Sunday regarding the latest conflict between Israel and Palestinian Islamic Jihad forces in Gaza. Judging from its nearly flawless syntax and absence of broken sentences and malapropisms, however, this statement isn’t one that Dementia Joe actually read but which his handlers prepared to go out under his name. And since his handlers are staunchly and fanatically anti-Israel, the statement both affirms Israel’s right to defend itself and then immediately undercuts that right.

First, Biden’s ghostwriter said that he “welcome[d] the announcement tonight of a ceasefire between Israel and Gaza-based militants after three days of hostilities” and then, true to this administration’s ever-classless form, claimed credit for the pause in the fighting: “Over these last 72-hours [sic], the United States has worked with officials from Israel, the Palestinian Authority, Egypt, Qatar, Jordan, and others throughout the region to encourage a swift resolution to the conflict.”

The statement goes on to affirm the Biden administration’s still-existing alliance with Israel:

My support for Israel’s security is long-standing and unwavering—including its right to defend itself against attacks.  Over these recent days, Israel has defended its people from indiscriminate rocket attacks launched by the terrorist group Palestinian Islamic Jihad, and the United States is proud of our support for Israel’s Iron-Dome, which intercepted hundreds of rockets and saved countless lives.  I commend Prime Minister Yair Lapid and his government’s steady leadership throughout the crisis.

But immediately after affirming Israel’s right to defend itself, Biden’s amanuensis took it away:

The reports of civilian casualties in Gaza are a tragedy, whether by Israeli strikes against Islamic Jihad positions or the dozens of Islamic Jihad rockets that reportedly fell inside Gaza.  My Administration supports a timely and thorough investigation into all of these reports, and we also call on all parties to fully implement the ceasefire, and to ensure fuel and humanitarian supplies are flowing into Gaza as the fighting subsides.

Now, wait a minute. A timely and thorough investigation of what, exactly? The Gaza jihad groups’ use of civilians as human shields is abundantly documented. Even the inveterately anti-Israel United Nations has admitted it. Israel’s Deputy Religious Affairs Minister Matan Kahana stated Sunday: “Don’t believe the lies. I saw with my own eyes how the terrorist organizations launch rockets from densely populated civilian areas toward the cities of Israel. These war criminals use their women and children as human shields while they shoot at our citizens. We will continue to strike our enemies.”

Biden’s one-step-forward, two-steps-back statement continued: “As I made clear during my recent trip to Israel and the West Bank, Israelis and Palestinians both deserve to live safely and securely and to enjoy equal measures of freedom, prosperity, and democracy.”

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