GOP governor blasts Biden for considering cutting aid to Israel: ‘Negotiating with terrorists

By Majesty 4 Min Read

Governor Doug Burgum of North Dakota charged on Thursday that President Biden was negotiating on favour of “terrorists” after the latter vowed to stop supplying Israel with weapons if it moved forward with its planned invasion of Rafah.

“Civilians have been killed in Gaza as a consequence of those bombs,” stated Biden in a CNN interview that aired on Wednesday. He also stated that he has told Israel that “if they go into Rafah, I’m not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities — that deal with that problem.”

Burgum gave Biden a hard time during a Thursday interview on “America’s Newsroom.” He referred to the president’s policy change as “truly unbelievable,” highlighting Biden’s seeming willingness to forsake “America’s top ally” in anticipation of a ground attack into Gaza, Hamas’ final bastion.

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“We’re in completely new territory here for a president of the United States because we’ve always had a rule, which is don’t negotiate with terrorists, but Joe Biden has gone beyond that — he’s actually negotiating for the terrorists,” Burgum stated.

“He’s put a red line for Israel, for our ally, and when you think about that, think of every one of our allies around the world watching this and going, ‘Wow, Israel is supposed to be America’s top ally and the president is threatening them?’”

GOP governor blasts Biden for considering cutting aid to Israel: 'Negotiating with terrorists
Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu

Earlier this week, Israeli officials claimed the United States had paused a shipment of U.S.-made ammunition, as Axios reported. White House press secretary Karine Jean-Pierre maintained that the U.S. commitment to Israel is “ironclad,” but the report was ultimately confirmed by a U.S. official who said the administration paused shipments of two types of precision bombs to Israel. 

One shipment would provide 2,000-pound bombs, with 1,800 to be delivered. The second held 500-pound bombs, with 1,700 to be delivered. 

Burgum claimed that in order to please the “pro-Hamas part of the Democrat Party,” Biden seems to be reversing his unwavering support to the Jewish state.

“How about Joe Biden saying we’ll keep providing weapons until you release the hostages, Hamas?” Burgum questioned. “He ought to be negotiating with Israel on their behalf. He is positioned across the table from you.”

“I can tell you that if President Trump was in office right now, this would not be happening,” he stated. “Just as it was in Afghanistan and throughout the world, this is Joe Biden’s frailty on display.

Republicans and several centrist Democrats launched a furious pushback in response to Biden’s high-stakes ultimatum for Israel. Regarding the decision, a number of Republican senators expressed support for impeaching Biden, citing similarities to Trump’s decision to withdraw weaponry supplies from Ukraine in return for launching an inquiry into the Biden family. 

Benjamin Netanyahu, the prime minister of Israel, promised that, if needed, Israel “will stand alone” to fight Hamas.

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