As the conflict in the Middle East shows no signs of slowing, progressive Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN) has been guilty of slamming the Biden administration's current stance towards Israel and Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, as The Hill reports, particularly in light of reports that a Palestinian refugee camp was hit by airstrikes in recent days.
Omar has never been shy about her antipathy toward Israel, but her rhetoric has escalated in recent days amid the ongoing hostilities between the Jewish state and Hamas.
Taking to X on Saturday to express frustration even with members of her own party on the issue, Omar referenced an incident in which Israeli airstrikes were said to have reached parts of the Jabalia refugee camp in the northern part of Gaza.
In an indirect – yet obvious – critique of President Joe Biden's administration, Omar wrote, “U.S. policy is essentially that Netanyahu has no achievable goals in Gaza and a ground invasion risks regional war, including potential US troops.”
“And also we should give him $14 billion in weapons with no restrictions, and say there are no red lines as he bombs refugee camps,” Omar sarcastically added.
In an apparent plea to her colleagues in the legislator, Omar quipped, “See how this doesn't add up?”
The Biden administration – perhaps in recognition of the widening rift within Democratic circles over the president's stance toward Israel – appeared to seek a “pause” in the conflict, purportedly to facilitate humanitarian aid to Gaza.
However, the administration's push did not take the shape of a formal call for a cease-fire, something which far-left factions of his party – including legislators such as Omar – have demanded.
Omar's post came swiftly on the heels of comments from fellow “Squad” member Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), who accused the president of supporting a Palestinian “genocide,” as the Times of Israel reported.
Tlaib took to X to post a video compilation of clips showing Gaza in the wake of Israeli attacks, remarks from Biden administration officials and the president himself in support of the Jewish state, and massive pro-Palestinian demonstrations that have taken place since the conflict began.
“Mr. President,” Tlaib declared, “the American people are not with you on this one.”
Hinting at possible electoral ramifications for his support of Israel, Tlaib added, “Joe Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinian people. The American people won't forget.”
“Biden, support a ceasefire now. Or don't count on us in 2024,” Tlaib cautioned.
Though it appears to many observers that Biden has already taken these warnings to heart, as evidenced by his recent interest in a “pause” in hostilities, it remains to be seen just how much domestic political concerns will shape his stance toward Israel and Netanyahu in the weeks and months to come.
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