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If Biden Keeps Abandoning Allies: ‘We‘re Going to End up in a World War’: Senator

May 15, 2024

Joe Biden may want to abandon Israel, but that doesn’t mean congressional Republicans will let him. While the White House talks out of both sides of its mouth on America’s Middle East ally — saying support is “ironclad” one minute and refusing them weapons the next — Speaker Mike Johnson (R-La.) is about to make uncomfortable Democrats pick a side.

Like most conservatives, the speaker was stunned that Biden would try to tie Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s hands in Rafah by withholding arms from the Jewish state. “I made it clear that if they go into Rafah — they haven’t gone in Rafah yet — if they go into Rafah,” the president warned, “I’m not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities — that deal with that problem.”

The move, a pathetic attempt to appease the president’s anti-Semitic base, was blasted as “dangerous” by Republicans and some Democrats. “[I]t could have catastrophic effects with our very important ally Israel,” Johnson told reporters. “And we’ve denounced it. And we’ll continue to do so.”

In the meantime, the House GOP plans to force the issue, bringing its own Israel Security Assistance Act to the floor to override the White House on weapons shipments. If the president still refuses to comply, the bill would freeze the budgets of the Defense secretary, secretary of State, and National Security Council. “I think it is important for us to express again the will of Congress on the matter,” Johnson said, especially when Biden “has turned his back on Israel and is now carrying water for Hamas and Iran.”

And it’s not just the speaker’s party who are angry. Just last week, 26 members of the president’s party sent a letter to the White House expressing their outrage at the White House’s embargo. “We are deeply concerned about the message the Administration is sending to Hamas and other Iranian-backed terrorist proxies by withholding weapons shipments to Israel, during a critical moment in the negotiations,” they wrote.

The internal tension on the issue has done little to motivate Biden, who seems more intent on placating the rabid campus protestors than stopping World War III. “Antisemitism is spreading globally like wildfire,” the Democrats insist. “We fear that public disputes with our critical ally only emboldens our mutual enemies, including Hamas, Hezbollah, the Houthis, and other Iranian-backed proxies. It also buttresses their agenda of chaos, brutality, and hate, and makes a hostage agreement even harder to achieve.” 

Despite the pressure from Congress and the cracks in his own party, the White House announced that it “strongly, strongly oppose[s]” the House’s efforts, insisting, “If the President were presented with H.R. 8369, he would veto it.”

That kind of betrayal, as Senator Tommy Tuberville (R-Ala.) called it, is inexcusable. Biden can drone on about his commitment to Israel all he wants, the longtime coach said, but “talk’s cheap.” “They’re our number one ally, and they’ve got problems,” Tuberville told Family Research Council President Tony Perkins on “Washington Watch” Tuesday. “Everybody says, ‘Well, there’s a lot of the civilians that might be getting killed or hurt.’ … But here’s the thing. This is war.”

The world also seems to have forgotten that Israel was the victim of a gruesome, deadly, and unprovoked terror attack. And “when people attack you, when people come after you, you have the right to take up for yourself,” Tuberville argued. “And that’s what Israel has done. They were attacked brutally. Several thousand people were killed. … I’ve seen the videos, and it’s horrifying.” Not to mention, he points out, “We still have hostages — American hostages — in Israel. And Joe Biden is sitting back, taking [his] time, trying to play both sides of the fence, because he does not want to lose voters, especially in the Muslim areas of Michigan and Minnesota. … [But] he’s going to get people killed. It’s what’s going to happen.”

Honestly, the Alabaman shook his head, “This guy, he’s the worst leader that we’ve had in office in many, many, many years. He’s letting these young people behind the scenes run our country. There’s no organization to what we’re doing.” Biden is talking out of both sides of his mouth, he said. “And you can’t do that when it comes to war. Somebody’s going to win. Somebody’s going to lose. And we are on Israel’s side as the United States of America, because they have been with us since day one. And we need to support them.”

It’s one of the reasons that this November is so important. “At the end of the day, you have got to have somebody in 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue … that can make a decision and do what’s best — not just for us, but for our allies. And he is letting us down. Biden is letting us down on so many fronts. There’s not one thing that he’s done right, especially in foreign relations since he’s taken office — and it’s getting worse. And we’re going to end up in a world war if we don’t watch it. He’s got to stand up for our alliance.”

Suzanne Bowdey serves as editorial director and senior writer at The Washington Stand.