Biden Calls for ‘Pause’ in Israel-Hamas War

 November 3, 2023

To this point, Biden had held the line that Israel had a right to defend itself.

Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre even called comments by Squad members demanding a cease-fire "repugnant" when asked about Democrats not fully supporting Israel in its war against Hamas.

That all changed this week when Biden faced some pressure from a heckler at a campaign reception in Minnesota.

Talking Points…

  • The Heckler
  • Biden reversal
  • Former Israeli Ambassador responds
  • My Two Cents…

The Heckler

All it took for Joe Biden to break his firm stance was a bearded Rabbi, identified as Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg, who told Biden that a cease-fire was needed.

This happened when the Rabbi interrupted Biden during a visit to Minneapolis.

Rosenberg stated:

"Mr. President, you care about Jewish people. As a rabbi, I need you to call for a cease-fire right now."

This is how it went down…

Biden Reversal

After the crowd calmed down, Biden finally responded.

He stated:

"I think we need a pause.

"A pause means give time to get the prisoners out. Give time."

Biden later added a bit more context, stating:

"This is incredibly complicated for the Israelis. I can thoroughly understand the emotions on the Palestinian side of the argument and the Jewish side of the argument."

Former Ambassador Responds

To this point, Prime Minister Netanyahu made it quite clear that Israel will not stop, for any reason, until it ends Hamas.

He likened it to Pearl Harbor and 9/11, saying the United States defended itself, without question and without any pause, during those times.

Danny Danon, a member of the Knesset, Israel's parliament, as well as the former Israeli Ambassador to the United Nations, was livid that Biden suggested a "pause" for any reason.

He stated:

"I don't get it, why we're talking about a cease-fire or pause. We had a cease-fire, Martha, until October 7, a cease-fire with Hamas, then they decided to attack us unprovokedly, to massacre our babies, to rape our girls and to kidnap more than 240 innocent Israelis. So we shouldn't give them any prizes. No pauses, no cease-fire.

"If they want to surrender, if they want to release our hostages, they can do it. If we pause now, we're going to give them time to regroup, to plan more ambushes to our forces and to plan for the next attack."

After hearing the statements by members of the Squad, he was even more agitated.

Danon continued:

"We expect our allies to stand with us and to understand that we cannot win the fight against evil if we're going to pause every few days, if we're going to give them fuel, if we're going to actually give them the time and the energy to continue to fight against us.

"We want to eliminate Hamas as soon as possible and to bring the hostages back home."

My Two Cents…

Biden cannot afford to waiver here, period.

Any give to the call for a cease-fire among the left, and he will lose whatever support he has gained within his party, and there is a significant Jewish contingent in the Democrat Party.

More importantly, Biden will appear to be weaker than he already was, and that is already blowing up online for him calling for a "pause."

Spokesman John Kirby got obliterated by Fox News' Peter Doocy trying to defend the "pause" comments by Biden, talking in circles until he finally backed himself into a corner. Luckily for him, Doocy backed off rather than going for the kill shot.

However, I would say that anyone who saw that exchange realized Kirby is a master at spinning a narrative.

Biden can suggest whatever he wants to Israel on the phone or behind closed doors, but when he is in public, he better hold that line. Otherwise, he is just inviting more criticism than he has already faced.

I would love to say his weakness will make the Republican Party stronger, but this is not even about politics; this is about protecting a major ally and backing their play against terrorism, and Biden clearly failed the moment the word "pause" came out of his mouth.

About Jerry McConway

Jerry McConway is an independent political author and investigator who lives in Dallas, Texas. He has spent years building a strong following of readers who know that he will write what he believes is true, even if it means criticizing politicians his followers support. His readers have come to expect his integrity.

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