State Department official resigns in protest of U.S. giving weapons to Israel after Hamas attack

By Jen Krausz on
 October 20, 2023

Senior civil servant Josh Paul has decided to resign because he doesn't agree with the U.S. giving weapons to Israel in the wake of the attacks by Hamas.

Paul, who served as director of the Office of Congressional & Public Affairs for the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, explained his reasons for resigning on LinkedIn.

'In my 11 years I have made more moral compromises than I can recall, each heavily, but each with my promise to myself in mind and intact," he said in part. "I am leaving today because I believe that in our current course with regards to the continued – indeed, expanded and expedited – provision of lethal arms to Israel – 1 have reached the end of that bargain."

He disagreed with the U.S. essentially taking both sides in the conflict.

"We cannot be both against occupation, and for it. We cannot be both for freedom, and against it. And we cannot be for a better world, while contributing to one that is materially worse," he said.

He said that Hamas's attack was a "monstrosity of monstrosities," but that occupation of Gaza by Israel would be worse, in his opinion.