Biden's staff blast president as too pro-Israel in leaked document

November 7, 2023

Biden administration State Department staff criticized President Joe Biden for siding too strongly with Israel, according to a leaked memo.

The memo, released by Politico, called for the White House to release criticism by Israel's government against the treatment of Palestinians.a

The contents

“We must publicly criticize Israel’s violations of international norms such as failure to limit offensive operations to legitimate military targets,” the memo states, according to Politico.

“When Israel supports settler violence and illegal land seizures or employs excessive use of force against Palestinians, we must communicate publicly that this goes against our American values so that Israel does not act with impunity," it added.

Biden admin's fading support

"The message suggests a growing loss of confidence among U.S. diplomats in President Joe Biden’s approach to the Middle East crisis," Politico reported.

"It reflects the sentiments of many U.S. diplomats, especially at mid-level and lower ranks, according to conversations with several department staffers," it continued.

The State Department's response

"The State Department declined Politico's request for comment on the leaked memo, but pointed to State Department spokesperson Matthew Miller's past remarks related to dissent on Israel," Newsmax reported.

"One of the strengths of this department is that we do have people with different opinions," Miller said during an October press briefing, according to the report. "We encourage them to make their opinions known."

The leaked memo expresses concern about the level of support for Israel following attacks on civilians by Hamas on Oct. 7 that left 1,400 dead. The attacks also resulted in over 230 hostages being taken into Gaza.

Americans and other foreign nationals were also involved. Over 30 Americans died in the attacks. One German Israeli was also beheaded after being taken hostage by Hamas.

The horrific attacks led to Israel declaring war on Hamas, entering the Gaza Strip in attacks. Support has now turned against Israel by some leaders in the State Department, leading to an uneasy relationship with America's strongest ally in the Middle East as Israel seeks to put a stop to the terrorist group's activities and rescue hostages.

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