Biden Urges Israel Restraint Amid Civilian Deaths
President Biden recently insisted Israel must scale back bombings causing heavy civilian casualties in Gaza or risk eroding global support. Meanwhile, Republicans maintain steadfast alignment with PM Netanyahu’s aggressive moves against Hamas.
GOP Blasts Humanitarian Critiques
Top House Republicans who talked to the press scorned Biden’s expressions of concern over Gaza’s civilian fatalities, shrugging off calls from some Democrats for restricting further aid. Biden had firmly backed Israel’s offensive until this week.
Push to Limit Campaign Length Rejected
A U.S. official said the Biden administration pressed Netanyahu to conclude the Gaza campaign in weeks rather than months. But GOP leaders dismissed notions of rushing Israel or determining its governance.
Offense Defended as Entirely Justified
Multiple Republicans reiterated Israel is fully entitled to fiercely combat militants in retaliation for deadly terror attacks. Some blasted Biden’s commentary as arrogant, irresponsible, and undermining self-defense capacity.
Aid Proposal Faces Uncertain Path
A contentious $14 billion House-passed Israel aid bill stalled over partisan disputes. But bipartisan Senate negotiations continue on a broad package potentially encompassing Ukraine, Taiwan, border aid alongside Israel assistance.