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Hamas Issues 2024 Election Warning to Joe Biden

  

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Via:  vic-eldred  •  4 weeks ago  •  6 comments

By:   Story by Tom O'Connor

Hamas Issues 2024 Election Warning to Joe Biden
Further complicating the matter for those critical of Biden's handling of the issue in Gaza is that his rival, former President Donald Trump, has traditionally been a close ally of Netanyahu. While the presumptive Republican presidential nominee has largely avoided weighing in on the issue amid his campaign to retake office, Trump told Fox News this month that Israel must "finish the problem" in Gaza, arguing that the "horrible invasion" conducted by Hamas on October 7, 2023, "would have...

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U
.S. President  Joe Biden 's failure to halt Israel's military offensive in Gaza could cost him at the ballot box as the ongoing war becomes a leading foreign policy issue in the leadup to the 2024 election, a senior official of the Palestinian  Hamas  movement told  Newsweek .

As concerns continue to grow over increasing civilian casualties in the 24-week-long conflict sparked by a Hamas-led attack on Israel on October 7, Biden and his administration have called on Israel not to move forward with a planned incursion into southern Gaza's Rafah region, where up to half of the densely populated Palestinian territory's 2.2 million people are believed to be taking shelter.

After a meeting Friday with his wartime cabinet and U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken , however, Israeli Prime Minister  Benjamin Netanyahu  asserted that he would press on with the plan with or without U.S. support.

Bassem Naim, a senior official and spokesperson for Hamas, argued that the U.S. could but would not pressure Israel sufficiently to change course, something he warned would harm U.S. interests and Biden's image among his own constituency when asked about the president's fight for reelection in November.

"America has the ability but not sufficient will to exert the necessary pressure on Israel, despite the internal pressure in America due to the crimes it commits and the endangerment of American interests in the region," Naim told  Newsweek .

"This American path constitutes a strategic mistake at the internal and external levels. The American people will not accept the continuation of this blind bias towards Israel, and externally, this threatens its interests in the region."

Recent polling of U.S. opinion has indicated some troubling trends for Israel. While Israel remains far more popular than Hamas among the U.S. population, support for the country and its war effort has slipped.

A poll published this month by Gallup showed that favorable ratings of Israel have dropped 10 points from 68 percent in February 2023 to 58 percent as of last month. Another poll published this month by the Pew Research Center found that the favorability of the Israeli government has dropped from 47 percent in 2022 to 41 percent this year, with unfavorable views rising from 43 percent to 51 percent during this same time period.

In a survey published last month by the Associated Press and NORC Center for Public Affairs Research, about half of those asked said Israel has "gone too far" in the conflict, a 10-point rise from 40 percent who said the same in November 2023. Those who described Israel as an "ally" also fell, dropping from 44 percent in November to 35 percent in February.


A number of Arab and Muslim voters in the U.S. has  threatened to boycott  voting for Biden over the U.S. role in Gaza and military action tied to other growing crises across the Middle East. Biden has faced  particular backlash  in the swing state of Michigan,  especially in Dearborn , home to the country's largest Muslim population per capita.

Newsweek  has reached out to the White House for comment.

Just how much the issue actually weighs on Biden's reelection chances remains to be seen, however, as U.S. voters also contend with other concerns such as the economy, health care, immigration and other domestic issues.

Further complicating the matter for those critical of Biden's handling of the issue in Gaza is that his rival, former President  Donald Trump , has traditionally been a close ally of Netanyahu. While the presumptive  Republican  presidential nominee has largely avoided weighing in on the issue amid his campaign to retake office, Trump told  Fox News  this month that Israel must "finish the problem" in Gaza, arguing that the "horrible invasion" conducted by Hamas on October 7, 2023, "would have never happened if I was president."

Days after the unprecedented Hamas-led operation caught Israel off guard, Trump criticized what he saw as a massive intelligence failure on the part of Netanyahu's administration, drawing some criticism from fellow  Republicans .

Netanyahu, for his part, has appeared unphased by U.S. criticism. Following his meeting with wartime cabinet members and Blinken on Friday, Netanyahu said in a video address that he deeply appreciated U.S. support and the need to protect civilians and ensure humanitarian aid, but that "we have no way to defeat Hamas without going into Rafah and eliminating the rest of the battalions there."


"And I told him that I hope we will do it with the support of the U.S.," Netanyahu added, "but if we have to—we will do it alone."

As U.S.-backed efforts mediated by Egypt and Qatar to reach a ceasefire deal that would also see to the release of more than 100 hostages held by Hamas in Gaza continue to falter, Blinken also weighed in on the Biden administration's position during a press briefing after his meeting with Israeli leadership.

"We share Israel's goal of defeating Hamas, which is responsible for the worst massacre of the Jewish people since the Holocaust, and we share the goal of ensuring Israel's long-term security," Blinken said. "As we've said, though, a major military ground operation in Rafah is not the way to do it.

"It risks killing more civilians, it risks wreaking greater havoc with the provision of humanitarian assistance, it risks further isolating Israel around the world and jeopardizing its long-term security and standing."


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Vic Eldred
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1  seeder  Vic Eldred    4 weeks ago

Biden is in a tough spot between his radical wing and the American people. His poll numbers are not good to begin with. That means he may have to rely on "lawfare" or something else:

This in from Rasmussen:

"Rasmussen asked these liberal voters: “Suppose that your favorite candidate loses a close election. However, people on the campaign know that they can win by cheating without being caught. Would you rather have your candidate win by cheating or lose by playing fair?”

Among all Americans, just 7% said they would want their candidate to win by cheating. But that number rose to 35% among the elite 1% and skyrocketed to 69% among those who are part of the politically obsessed 1%, meaning they talk about politics every day.

“I’ve been polling for a very long time and the last finding is the most terrifying poll result I’ve ever seen,” Rasmussen told The Daily Signal."

Politically Obsessed Elites Say It’s OK to Win by Cheating (dailysignal.com)

 
 
 
Nerm_L
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2  Nerm_L    4 weeks ago

No, Biden is not in a tough spot.  The problem is that Biden only knows how to start fights and step back.  Biden doesn't know how to fight a fight.  And Biden doesn't have a clue about how to end a fight.  The only thing Biden has to do is start a fight among the unbiased liberals and then grow the fight to make Republicans the enemy.  That's the way Biden did things his entire Senatorial career.  And Biden tried the same thing as Vice President; he wasn't in charge after all. 

Biden is discovering that the tried-and-true politics of division don't work as well for someone with real power.  There's fewer opportunities to pass the buck.  Starting fights ain't enough to allow a President to skate.  People are expecting Biden to do something and are actually holding his feet to the fire.  How's that political experience from the Senate working, Joe?

Biden is in over his head.  That may be a tough spot for the rest of the country but not for Biden.  Biden has 50 years of experience with divisive politics to find a way to worm out.  To hell with everything else.

 
 
 
MrFrost
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3  MrFrost    4 weeks ago
Donald Trump, has traditionally been a close ally of Netanyahu.

Not shocking since both are radicalized rightists. Bibi is one of the biggest terrorists in the ME. I love the Israeli people but their leader is a worthless radical. 

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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4  Right Down the Center    4 weeks ago

 "skyrocketed to 69% among those who are part of the politically obsessed 1%, meaning they talk about politics every day."

Yep, you see some of that right here.  "Trump has to go at all costs, for the sake of Democracy".  Thank God most folks ignore them.

 
 
 
CB
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4.1  CB  replied to  Right Down the Center @4    4 weeks ago

Trump has to go because he is untrustworthy. Begs the question that anyone wants an obnoxious liar to lead this preeminent nation. Speaks volumes about what some people here think we should be as a whole. 

 
 
 
Right Down the Center
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4.1.1  Right Down the Center  replied to  CB @4.1    4 weeks ago
Speaks volumes about what some people here think we should be as a whole. 

Speaks volumes about people willing to attack democracy if it meant getting rid of Trump.  So are you one of the people that would be OK with cheating if it helped get rid of Trump?

 
 

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