(TheProudRepublic.com) – Joe Biden just made bizarre new comments about US ally Israel and its conservative government, which many are interpreting as proof that Biden favors Hamas over Israel.
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President Biden has recently expressed his view that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu needs to alter his approach to the Palestinian issue.
This sentiment was conveyed during a fundraiser, following a similar statement made at a Hanukkah celebration at the White House. Biden referred to Netanyahu as “Bibi,” a nickname.
“Bibi has got a tough decision to make. This is the most conservative government in Israel’s history,” the president said, as cited by The New York Post.
He argued that some members of Israel’s national unity government, which comprises hardline nationalist and Orthodox parties, do not support a two-state solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
He specifically criticized Itamar Ben-Gvir, Israel’s national security minister and leader of the Jewish Power party.
“I’ve known every, every, every single head of state in Israel since Golda Meir. And I’ve known them because I’ve spent time with them many times. And this is a different group. Ben-Gvir and company and the new folks, they don’t want anything remotely approaching a two-state solution,” Biden said.
“I think he has to change, and with this government, this government in Israel is making it very difficult for him to move,” he added regarding Netanyahu.
Biden also commented on Israel’s flooding of tunnels dug by Hamas in the Gaza Strip.
“With regard to the flooding of the tunnels… the assertion is being made [by Israel] that they are quite sure there are no hostages in any of these tunnels. I don’t know that for a fact,” the president told reporters.
Netanyahu, who began his third term as Israel’s prime minister last December, formed a national unity government after the October 7 attacks.
The coalition includes one of Netanyahu’s center-left rivals, Benny Gantz, but another major figure, Yair Lapid, declined to join because of right-wing parties.
Netanyahu has voiced disagreement with the Biden administration’s goal for the Palestinian Authority to control Gaza post-Hamas.
“There is a disagreement when it comes to ‘the day after Hamas’…It can’t be that, after the enormous sacrifice of our citizens and fighters, we will let into Gaza those who teach terror, support terror, finance terror,” he said.