The Biden Administration faced severe backlash over its initial response to the Hamas and Palestinian terrorist attacks against Israel. The statement, which came from the U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs, did not even mention the national of Israel.
“We unequivocally condemn the attack of Hamas terrorists and the loss of life that has incurred,” the statement read. “We urge all sides to refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks. Terror and violence solve nothing.”
The now-deleted tweet caused widespread outrage across the nation.
“The statement that came out of the US embassy this morning was despicable – that called on Israel not to respond – it has since been deleted,” Rep. Mike Waltz (R-FL) told Fox News Channel. “But I think it shows some of our bureaucrats true colors.”
More than 12 hours after the attacks, Biden finally released a statement:
This morning, I spoke with Prime Minister Netanyahu about the horrific and ongoing attacks in Israel. The United States unequivocally condemns this appalling assault against Israel by Hamas terrorists from Gaza, and I made clear to Prime Minister Netanyahu that we stand ready to offer all appropriate means of support to the Government and people of Israel. Terrorism is never justified. Israel has a right to defend itself and its people. The United States warns against any other party hostile to Israel seeking advantage in this situation. My Administration’s support for Israel’s security is rock solid and unwavering.White House
Jill and I are keeping in our prayers all of the families who have been hurt by this violence. We are heartbroken by the lives that have been tragically cut short and hope for a swift recovery for all those who have been wounded.
My team and I are tracking this situation closely, and I will remain in close touch with Prime Minister Netanyahu.