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Netanyahu ignores Biden’s call for ‘significant de-escalation’ in Gaza, says Israel is ‘determined to continue’

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Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Wednesday ignored President Biden’s call for a “significant de-escalation” of the fighting in Gaza, stating he is “determined to continue” the operation against the terrorist organization Hamas – while Biden faces pressure from his own party on the issue.

Biden talked to Netanyahu early Wednesday, and the White House said that they “had a detailed discussion of the state of events in Gaza, Israel’s progress in degrading the capabilities of Hamas and other terrorist elements, and ongoing diplomatic efforts by regional governments and the United States.”

“The President conveyed to the Prime Minister that he expected a significant de-escalation today on the path to a ceasefire,” the White House said in a statement.

However, after a visit to military headquarters later on, Netanyahu said he “greatly appreciates the support of the American president,” but said Israel move forward “to return the calm and security to you, citizens of Israel.”

He also said that he is “determined to continue this operation until its aim is met.”

Israel has been responding to rocket attacks from Hamas with airstrikes targeting major Hamas military complexes. The state is being criticized for the reported two hundred or more Palestinians killed, as well as strikes such as the one on an vacated media building – although the Israel Defense Forces (IDF) said that it was used by Hamas, with media outlets being used as cover.

Hamas has launched over 3,000 rockets into Israel since the fighting started nine days ago, and the state’s Iron Dome has blocked and dismantled more than 90%, according to the Israeli military.

The Biden administration has been supportive of Israel so far, standing behind Israel’s right to defend itself and saying that Hamas is a nationally recognized terrorist organization.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken stated Thursday that there are “fundamental differences between a terrorist organization, Hamas, that is blindly shooting rockets — in fact, targeting civilians — and Israel’s response defending itself, that is only targeting the terrorists.” Biden similarly said that Israel “has a right to defend itself.”

The Associated Press has reported that lead Biden administration officials have told the Israelis in private that it is better for Israel to end these operations soon.

Biden is facing growing pressure from the more progressive left of his own party to put more pressure on the U.S. ally, with many Democrats criticizing that Biden has not been tough enough on Israel. Many have disapproved a pending $735 million sale missiles to Israel. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-Texas, said he has “serious concerns about the timing of this weapons sale, the message it will send to Israel and the world about the urgency of a cease-fire.”

Senator Bernie Sanders, has blamed “right-wing extremists in Jerusalem” for the violence, while Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, and the leader of the “Squad,” has been critical of Biden’s support for Israel.

“Blanket statements like these [with] little context or acknowledgment of what precipitated this cycle of violence – namely, the expulsions of Palestinians and attacks on Al Aqsa – dehumanize Palestinians [and] imply the US will look the other way at human rights violations. It’s wrong,” she tweeted last week.

“By only stepping in to name Hamas’ actions – which are condemnable – [and] refusing to acknowledge the rights of Palestinians, Biden reinforces the false idea that Palestinians instigated this cycle of violence,” she added. “This is not neutral language. It takes a side – the side of occupation.”

On Tuesday, Representative Rashida Tlaib, appeared to have an angry conversation with Biden as he arrived in Michigan on Tuesday. Tlaib, who is of Palestinian, has been an open critic of Israel and of the administration’s response to the conflict.

“If you support a cease-fire, then get out of the way of the U.N. Security Council and join other countries in demanding it,” she said in a tweet on Monday directed at the president and Secretary of State Antony Blinken.


“Apartheid-in-chief Netanyahu will not listen to anyone asking nicely,” she continued. “He commits war crimes and openly violates international law.”

Soon after, Biden praised Tlaib as he spoke in Dearborn.

“I want to say to you that I admire your intellect, I admire your passion, and I admire your concern for so many other people. And it’s from my heart,” Biden said. “I pray that your Grandma and family are well, I promise to do everything you see that they are in the West Bank.”

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Biden supporters give party’s worst insult in border crisis: Acting like Trump

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The out-of-control U.S.-Mexico border disaster has started stinging criticism for the Biden administration from both republicans and democrats, which is a troublesome political accomplishment.

The liberals are disgusted that Haitian migrants are being treated so badly – and, maybe even more so, appalled that the Biden government is utilizing what they see as Trump strategies.

The conservatives are similarly disgusted by the images from the Texas town of Del Rio — and feeling justified that the Biden approach is delivering the disaster they had since quite a while ago anticipated.

As for the independents, the president simply looks incapable of leading, particularly against the setting of the Afghanistan crisis and the coronavirus flood.

Even Biden’s special envoy to Haiti has just resigned in protest.

Immigration has been one of the most unruly issues of American politics. George W. Bush tried and fell flat. So did Barack Obama and several Senate gangs. It was one of the most emotional fights of Trump’s presidency, whose practice of separating families, brought roaring denunciations from his rivals.

And now Biden, having insisted his more empathic methods could work, has watched the circumstance explode twice — first with Central Americans coming to the Mexican border, and now with about 15,000 Haitians crossing the Rio Grande. No less an establishment figure than Chuck Schumer is denouncing the policy.

It’s an oddity: Once Biden flagged that unaccompanied minors would not be turned around, they disregarded the ceremonial mantras of “don’t come” from Biden and Kamala Harris. . When the flood of Haitians was permitted to set up camp in dirty conditions under a Texas connect — and face forceful strategies from horse-riding government specialists — the framework was, very overwhelmed.

As the New York Times said Thursday, “The images could have come straight from former President Donald J. Trump’s immigration playbook: mounted Border Patrol agents rounding up desperate Haitian families at the southwestern border for rapid deportation from the United States.” In the Times lexicon, the Trump playbook is a toxic taunt.”

The administration is utilizing an immigration rule established by Trump to send a portion of the migrants back to Port-au-Prince.

The Times cited Marisa Franco, top of a Latino civil rights group, as asking Biden rhetorically: “How are you actually different than Trump?”

Daniel Foote, the special envoy, said in his resignation letter that “I will not be associated with the United States inhumane, counterproductive decision to deport thousands of Haitian refugees and illegal immigrants to Haiti.” The career foreign service officer disagrees with the “deeply flawed” deportation policy and therefore was right to resign.

Black lawmakers and activists are turning this into a racial controversy in ways they didn’t when mainly Latino migrants were crossing the border. Maxine Waters, the left-wing congresswoman, begged reporters to “write the story” about the cruel strategies, saying “they are trying to bring us back to slavery days and worse than that.” You can always count on her to be restrained.

Nana Gyamfi, head of the Black Alliance for Just Immigration, told the Washington Post that, as the paper put it, the treatment of the Haitians “is a product of anti-Black racism is clear in the comparison with how Afghan refugees have been received in recent weeks.”

The criticism wounds even though first reports of rogue agents whipping migrants were untrue. They were still being led by horses.

It’s not that the White House is putting a happy face on the issue. Jen Psaki said the pictures of mounted agents confronting migrants “horrific” and not “acceptable or appropriate,” pointing to a Homeland Security probe. Biden’s vice president said “human beings should never be treated that way.”

But the president has not spoken out. When a reporter managed a question at the U.N. about the border crisis, Biden said only, “We’ll get it under control.” He clearly does not want to talk about it right now. But this is a situation where his routine dodging of press questions and sit-down interviews is not serving him well.

This isn’t a circumstance where preservationists are the main impetus behind the story, regardless of whether the GOP is taking advantage of it and declining to move on migration. Liberal pundits are accusing Biden, alongside driving Democrats and African-Americans who contain his base. Biden severely needed to forsake the Trump approach, however winds up blamed for copying the man he ran against.

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Biden press coverage takes a turn from usual sympathy treatment as some see a ‘credibility crisis’

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President Biden went into office and immediately got sympathetic treatment from the mainstream media.

While being heavily criticized by the right, he got a long sympathetic ride with the media, thanks to some early wins, a unifying tone, and just that he was not Donald Trump.

All things considered, that is over at this point.

While nothing is similar to the conflicts between columnists and Trump—in both directions—Biden is beginning to get messed up. What had been incidentally fierce climate has transformed into a typhoon, and could reinforce into a storm.

At first, the press picked away at Biden’s performance on certain issues. But lately the political indictment of his tenure has become more sweeping.

Thus it was that Chuck Todd, the “Meet the Press” host, declared: “I think he’s got a pretty big credibility crisis on his hands.”

That is one stinging expression, conjuring up pictures of Vietnam, Watergate, and Iraq. For NBC’s political chief to say this on “Sunday Today” isn’t some mistake during an overheated cable debate.

Todd went through the reiteration: “The disastrous pullout from Afghanistan, which Biden had insisted would not resemble Saigon. The premature promise that everyone would be able to get Covid booster shots. The growing crisis at the border, where Biden’s policies have become a “magnet” for migrants. These problems intensified “after he said something basically the exact opposite,” Todd said.

When Jen Psaki went on “CBS Mornings” yesterday, she got unloaded on by co-host Gayle King.

Talking about foreign policy before the president’s U.N. speech, King unloaded:

“We can’t ignore what has happened before. We’re still getting hammered for how the withdrawal from Afghanistan happened..Many people believe it was time. It’s just the way that it was done. So we all agree with that. That’s not a good look. You look at what’s happening with immigration. You look at France now saying that they’ve been betrayed by the United States…What are we doing to justify or explain what appears to be very bad behavior on our part?”

Psaki answered that “we don’t see it that way” and defended Biden’s nuclear submarine deal with Australia, saying the frayed kinship with France will endure. “The president is the first to say you’ve got to work on relationships,” she said.

On “The View,” usually a support system for Democrats, a few panelists yesterday went off on images of horse-riding Border Patrol agents snatching Haitians and utilizing their animals to push the migrants back.

“This is what you do if an animal were infesting your yard,” Sara Haines said. “The way people are being treated on that to me is absolutely more disturbing and a little bit more hopeless than I want to feel about this.” Sunny Hostin added she is “so disappointed in the Biden administration today. So very disappointed.”

That word may summarize the media response to the Biden administration, which should take care of the multitude of issues left by the previous person through bipartisan cooperation.

And when you throw in Democratic infighting that is stalling and may even sink the president’s multitrillion-dollar legislation, he’s got some difficult situations going forward. “President Biden’s governing agenda is at risk of unraveling on Capitol Hill,” says the Washington Post. “The package could stall out, shrink dramatically — or even fail altogether,” says Politico. There’s even an impasse over the debt ceiling. And things will get even worse if virus cases continue to surge.

I know from long Beltway experience that presidents are once in a while riding as high or sinking as low as they would appear at a depiction on schedule. In the event that millions more get inoculated, if the foundation and-all the other things charge passes, if recollections of Afghanistan blur, Biden’s fortunes could ascend in the coming months.

But the press coverage will probably stay doubtful of him for a long time to come. What all these overlapping crises have in common is that the media are questioning Biden’s ability to do his job. Not just the is-he-mentally-confused-at-78 doubts, but whether he has the qualities to lead America and the world. When it comes to the media, Biden is finished getting automatic sympathy.

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Psaki questioned on if Biden has ‘ever’ been to southern border

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Fox News’ Peter Doocy states ‘we have not found any record’ of Biden going to visit the border

White House press secretary Jen Psaki didn’t have an answer Wednesday on whether President Biden has ever or will at any point visit the southern line to address the illegal immigration crisis.

Psaki was questioned by Fox News’ Peter Doocy during her every day press briefing if the president had “ever been to the southern border” during his close to fifty years in public office.

“I will have to look back in my history books and check the times he’s been to the southern border,” Psaki said.

“We have been looking all morning,” Doocy said, “and we have not found any record of him visiting the border as president, vice president, senator, or even as a concerned citizen.”

Doocy later proceeded, “This is a president who makes a point when there are disasters in this country, like a wildfire or hurricane, to go and see for himself firsthand what the needs are of the local community so he can have an informed POV to make policy. Why doesn’t he go down to Del Rio, Texas, to see what’s going on?”

Doocy was alluding to the flood of unlawful movement as of late in Del Rio, where great many travelers who crossed from Mexico are anticipating preparing at the International Bridge.

“Well first of all, Peter, I think the situation at the border is the result of a broken system,” Psaki replied. “And the president certainly relies on his experience. So whether it was the work he did to address root causes as vice president, his efforts when he was in the Senate to support comprehensive immigration reform. … He uses all of his experiences to inform how he governs, how he approaches challenges.”

“Has Joe Biden ever been to the border? It’s a question that needs to be answered by the president, who is presiding over the most disastrous border crisis in decades,” Republican National Committee Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel said in a statement after the press briefing.

McDaniel added that RNC specialists have also been not able to distinguish any instances of Biden visiting the border.

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