Biden’s Response to Israeli Airstrike Draws Criticism from Both Sides


President Biden is facing bipartisan criticism this week for his handling of an Israeli airstrike that resulted in the deaths of seven aid workers from World Central Kitchen in Gaza on Monday.

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Expressing his dismay over the incident, Biden, aged 81, stated on Tuesday that he was “outraged and heartbroken” by the loss of the aid workers who were delivering essential supplies to Gaza’s population. However, he did not indicate any shift in his administration’s support for Israel in its conflict with Hamas.

In his public address, Biden squarely blamed Israel for the airstrike, demanding a thorough investigation to ensure accountability. He accused Israel of failing to adequately protect aid workers in Palestinian territories.

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Behind closed doors, according to Politico, Biden’s anger flared upon learning that the Israel Defense Forces mistakenly targeted members of Jose Andres’ humanitarian group. He was reportedly enraged over the incident.

Jon Favreau, a former speechwriter for President Obama and host of “Pod Save America,” criticized Biden for what he sees as insufficient action. Favreau argued that private expressions of rage are insufficient in the aftermath of such a tragedy.

Democratic Michigan state Rep. Abraham Aiyash echoed this sentiment, emphasizing the importance of action over dialogue. Aiyash accused Biden of prioritizing Israel’s interests over innocent lives and basic humanitarian values.

Meanwhile, some Republicans criticized Biden for directing his outrage at Israel rather than Hamas. Representative Derrick Van Orden from Wisconsin expressed frustration, urging Biden to focus on Hamas’ actions rather than criticizing Israel.

Representative Mike Waltz from Florida reminded Biden of the administration’s past mistakes, including a drone strike on an aid worker and his family during the Afghanistan withdrawal. Waltz emphasized the need for accountability.

The airstrike in Gaza resulted in the deaths of seven individuals, including one American. According to the United Nations, at least 196 humanitarian workers have lost their lives in Gaza since the conflict began.

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