Jen Psaki Knocks Biden’s Handling Of Israel

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( – Former White House press secretary Jen Psaki, now an MSNBC host, commented that President Biden should have utilized his influence sooner in relation to his recent decision to conditionally withhold military support to Israel during its conflict with Hamas in Gaza.

Speaking on CBS’s “The Late Show” with Stephen Colbert, Psaki highlighted the importance of the U.S. decision to potentially pause weapon transfers, emphasizing the strong historical military ties between the U.S. and Israel. “We are observing some leverage being applied, and it is a significant move given the long-established military support the U.S. has provided to Israel,” she said.

This discussion follows Biden’s statement in a CNN interview earlier in the week, where he threatened to stop weapons shipments if Israel launched a full-scale invasion of Rafah, a city in southern Gaza where over a million Palestinians have taken refuge since the conflict escalated.

Biden’s declaration was a response to increasing pressure from the progressive members of his party who have been critical of the U.S.’s ongoing weapons transfers to Israel and have called for a permanent ceasefire in the conflict.

During his interview, Biden clarified, “I’ve made it clear that if Israel proceeds with an invasion of Rafah—a step they have not yet taken—I will withhold the supply of the weapons typically used in such operations.”

The U.S. administration has also paused some bomb deliveries to Israel, expressing concerns about the potential for a large-scale operation in Rafah and emphasizing the need for a civilian evacuation plan from the area before any military action.

Biden’s stance has led to criticism from Republican leaders, who argue that support for Israel should not be conditional.

In response to the U.S. president’s warnings, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has stated that Israel is prepared to act independently if necessary.

Reflecting on the broader implications of these decisions, Psaki noted the rarity of such a move by the U.S. and mentioned the complex and often challenging relationship between Biden and Netanyahu, which she believes is not frequently discussed in public forums.

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