Within the Gaza micro politics, as we witness a humanitarian tragedy unfold because of incessant Israeli bombings, the pressure is mounting on President Biden to stop the fighting by pressuring Israel to commit to a ceasefire to save civilian lives. The pressure is coming from the street, from Congress, and even from his own administration by appointed career civil servants. Yet, Biden remains adamant at not calling for a ceasefire publicly.
Even as his popularity tanks with many of his 2020 voters, while his campaign picks up steam among the 20% of American Jews who voted for Trump in 2020. Is it a draw, or has the gaffe-prone Biden shot himself in the foot? Too early to tell whether Biden picked up enough voters from one camp to offset those he is losing from another.
However, as the pressure mounts, some believe Biden might change course. At Punditry, we believe he is going to straddle that high-wire act to appease one side–those calling for a ceasefire–, while at the same time encourage Israel to continue its campaign aimed at maximizing the number of dead Palestinians.
In addition to driving them into the southern tip of Gaza to dislodge them from their own homes and lands, we believe Israel is going to occupy North Gaza permanently.
The President has staked his grounds in total support for Israel, no matter the costs to U.S. short-term, or long-term, interests.
NO RESPONSE. NO CARE. LITTLE WORRY.
During a pro-Palestinian march on November 4, up to 300,000 protesters demanded that the President pressures Israel for a cessation of hostilities in Gaza in order to save civilian lives. How did the President respond? He did not. Israel continued to bomb Hamas and Palestinian civilians non-stop.
Then on November 11, some 100,000 pro-Israel march in support of bombing Hamas and Gaza, protested on Washington D.C. streets. The marchers praised President Biden for his response, and support of Israeli response, even if disproportionate, to the Hamas terror attack.
Meanwhile, some two dozen Democrats in Congress wrote a letter to Biden asking him to order Israel to cease its bombardments, which have caused a tragic humanitarian crisis. Biden did not respond, nor acknowledged members of his own Party.
The icing on the cake came when some 400 civil servants, many of whom Biden appointed in his own administration, anonymously wrote the President seeking an end to Israeli carnage in Gaza. Again, the President neither acknowledged nor responded to his own hardcore supporters.
It would be an understatement to claim that the President is not fully supporting Israel in its campaign against Hamas, regardless of the costs to civilian lives. In essence, Biden has shown little propensity to care for the atrocities Israel is committing against women and children using American weapons. No matter how many pressured him, and no matter what his one-sided position may cost the United States diplomacy in the future.
Biden has taken a decision, and he is sticking with it. Any public attempt at balancing his act by calling for a two-state solution is neither genuine nor trustworthy. The President has staked his grounds in total support for Israel, no matter the costs to U.S. short-term, or long-term, interests.