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Joe Biden declares that ‘Israel has a right to defend itself’ after its military kills multiple Palestinians with missile attacks

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As Israel continues to launch dozens of missile strikes into Gaza, so far having killed at least 24 Palestinians, including children, and injuring 70 more, former vice president and current Democratic frontrunner Joe Biden took to Twitter to declare that he supports the country’s actions.

“Israel has a right to defend itself against terrorist threats,” wrote Biden, “It is intolerable that Israeli civilians live their lives under the constant fear of rocket attacks. That’s why our administration was such a strong supporter of Israel’s life-saving Iron Dome.” Along with his statement, he shared an article about the Gaza rocket attacks from NBC.

On Tuesday, Israel Defense Forces (IDF) announced that they had killed  Palestinian Islamic Jihad commander Bahaa Abu el-Atta. At a press conference about the attack, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that Abu el-Atta was a “ticking bomb” and that the strike had been carefully plotted to avoid further casualties. However, the Palestinian news agency WAFA reported that, in addition to Abu el-Atta’s wife being killed in the attack, at least three other Palestinians died.

In response to the killings, Palestinian groups launched hundreds of rocket attacks into Israel. The Israeli army says that they’ve been able to intercept 90% of them. In retaliation for those attacks Israel has carried out fresh round of air raids, which health officials say have killed at least 24 Palestinians. Netanyahu has declared that Israel will continue to rain missiles on Gaza unless the rocket attacks stop. “They have one choice: to stop these attacks or absorb more and more blows. Their choice,” he said.

In addition to Biden weighing in on the violence, current vice president Mike Pence also tweeted his support for Israel. “The United States condemns the barrage of rockets on Israeli civilians,” he wrote, “It’s clear Hamas & Palestinian Islamic Jihad put violence ahead of bettering the lives of the people of Gaza. America strongly affirms Israel’s right to defend itself.”

After a number of the Democratic candidates broached the subject of conditioning aid to Israel during the recent J Street conference, Biden criticized such sentiments. “Look, I have been on record from very early on opposed to settlements, and I think it’s a mistake,” Biden told a reporter, “And Netanyahu knows my position. But the idea that we would draw military assistance from Israel, on the condition that they change a specific policy, I find it to be absolutely outrageous.”

In 2016, the Obama administration agreed to give Israel $38 billion in military aid over the course of a decade, the biggest such aid package in United States history.

Michael Arria

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  1. eljay on November 13, 2019, 9:49 am

    According to the Zionist “logic” employed by Joe Biden, the rapist has a right to defend himself against threats from his victims. It is intolerable that he should live his life under constant fear of shiv attacks.

    Zionists – including Joe Biden – are truly hateful and immoral people.

    • Kay24 on November 14, 2019, 5:21 am

      Good point. It is sickening to hear these politicians speak this way. Not one word about the occupation, land thefts, or the kids being killed almost on a daily basis. Not one word of condemnation for that. It would be refreshing to hear them say that the Palestinians people have to right to protest, even violently, for their decades of suffering.

    • Misterioso on November 14, 2019, 11:12 am

      Attention Joe Biden!! (Not that you give a damn!)

      IMEMCnews, Nov. 14/19

      “Dr. Al-Kaila: ‘One-Third Of The Slain Palestinians Are Women And Children’

      “Palestinian Health Minister, Dr. Mai al-Kaila, has reported that one-third of the Palestinians, who were killed by Israeli missiles and shells in the three-day offensive on Gaza, are women and children.

      “In a press release, Thursday, Dr. al-Kaila stated that the Israeli army killed 34 Palestinians in its offensive, which began on Tuesday at dawn and ended with a ceasefire, on Thursday morning.

      “She said that the Israeli army killed eight children and three women, and added that 111 Palestinians, including 46 children and 20 women, have been injured. 32% of the slain Palestinians are women and children, and 59% of the wounded are also women and children.

      “’This terrifying fact proves that Israel committed a serious crime, a premeditated murder of children and women,’ she said, ‘This is not an accidental killing, or a mistake, but rather a deliberate, calculated policy.’

      “The Minister stated that the international community must end its silence and idleness, and act on providing the needed protection to the Palestinian people.

      “’Israel obliterated families; one clear example of that is Abu Malhous family that lost eight of its members due to the Israeli missiles,’ she concluded, ‘Moreover, the psychological trauma, the grief, will continue to impact the lives of hundreds of Palestinians.

      “Besides destroying or damaging dozens of homes, the Israeli missiles caused damage to fifteen schools in the two days of ongoing bombardment.

      “Six schoolchildren were killed, and many others were injured, in addition to the dozens of children who suffered extreme anxiety attacks.

      “The Israeli missiles caused damage to 185 homes, and destroyed five other homes, in several parts of the Gaza Strip.”

  2. brent on November 13, 2019, 7:32 pm

    Sadly, this turn of events tells the story of the conflict. Years ago I made the point to a fellow more informed than myself that in 1982 it was Israel who’d broken the ceasefire with the PLO. He responded, “Israel broke every ceasefire since 1948.”

    There are some important lessons to take into account. Influencing the media narrative pays big dividends and brings political support. Violence and incitement are Israel’s game and it has worked very well to secure political support and has done great harm to Palestine.

    It’s also noteworthy that Israel has gained so much from adopting the one authority, one gun policy. This explains the marginal and selective response to settler violence. Without a central authority, Palestine probably won’t come into existence. The victim psychology has been cultivated by Israel to undermine Palestine.

  3. Misterioso on November 14, 2019, 9:55 am

    Joe Biden leaves no doubt that he is utterly unqualified to be president. Americans need a president who respects international law and advocates for them, not well documented fascistic, racist, brutal/illegal occupier “Israel.”

  4. Vera Gottlieb on November 14, 2019, 11:14 am

    Never get tired of this boring line…”israel has a right to defend itself”. Yes, that is true but Palestinians also have a right to live in peace without being mistreated at every occasion. Even a street dog is better off…

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