President Joe Biden announced his desired for an Israeli ceasefire against Hamas, following growing Democrat support for Hamas.
Biden spoke with Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu Monday. “The President expressed his support for a ceasefire,” the White House later shared regarding the call.
The announcement marked a change from Biden’s first call to the prime minister that offered support for the nation to defend itself.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki answered questions regarding the administration’s position on the Israel-Hamas conflict Μοnday. “Our approach is to quiet, intensive diplomacy, and that’s where we feel we can be most effective,” Psaki answered, according to Breitbart News.
Biden’s change of tone follows the attacks of several Democrats who have spoken out against Israel’s response to Hamas’ rocket attacks.Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-GA), who is Jewish, led in the writing of a letter from 28 Senators demanding a ceasefire in the conflict, “to prevent any further loss of civilian life and to prevent further escalation of conflict.”
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) called for Biden to show “outrage” against Israel. She tweeted:
I was 7 years old when I first prayed at the Al Aqsa with my sity. It’s a sacred site for Muslims. This is equivalent to attacking the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for Christians, or the Temple Mount for Jews.
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) May 10, 2021
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) voiced her support of the Palestinians.
We stand in solidarity with the Palestinian residents of Sheikh Jarrah in East Jerusalem. Israeli forces are forcing families from their homes during Ramadan and inflicting violence.
It is inhumane and the US must show leadership in safeguarding the human rights of Palestinians.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 8, 2021