State Department official resigns over White House's support for Israel

 October 19, 2023

President Joe Biden has voiced support for Israel following a brutal attack by the Iranian-backed terror group Hamas and made clear that the United States will supply it with weapons.

Not everyone in his administration is on board with the White House's policy, however, with one State Department figure quitting over it. 

Disagreement over the "provision of lethal arms to Israel"

As Politico reported, State Department Bureau of Political-Military Affairs official Josh Paul announced on Wednesday that he has tendered his resignation.

"Today I informed my colleagues that I have resigned from the State Department, due to a policy disagreement concerning our continued lethal assistance to Israel. To further explain my rationale for doing so, I have written the attached note," Paul declared in a post put up on Linkedin.

"In my 11 years I have made more moral compromises than I can recall, each heavily, but each with my promise to myself in mind, and intact," the now-former bureaucrat continued.

"I am leaving today because I believe that in our current course with regards to the continued — indeed, expanded and expedited — provision of lethal arms to Israel — I have reached the end of that bargain," Paul stressed.

White House "is surging weapons to Israel"

Paul insisted that he "cannot work in support of a set of major policy decisions, including rushing more arms to one side of the conflict, that I believe to be shortsighted, destructive, unjust, and contradictory to the very values that we publicly espouse."

"This Administration’s response — and much of Congress’ as well — is an impulsive reaction built on confirmation bias, political convenience, intellectual bankruptcy, and bureaucratic inertia," he said.

As Paul drew to a close he called the situation "immensely disappointing, and entirely unsurprising." His words came just over a week after Politico reported that the Biden administration "is surging weapons to Israel."

Interceptors needed for Iron Dome missile defense system

Politico spoke with an unnamed senior Defense Department official who said that existing funds are being used for the resupply effort.

However, should the conflict continue then a request to Congress for additional funding may be needed. Politico noted that such a move could be complicated by the fact that there is currently no House speaker.

"Hamas militants going across Israel, murdering children in front of their parents, massacring with indiscriminate violence, music festivals, burning down entire houses while families sheltered in their bunkers," the official was quoted as saying.

The official stated Israel has expressed a need for precision-guided munitions as well as more interceptors for its Iron Dome missile defense system.

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