Serious Palestinian-Israeli clashes erupted again on Tuesday, May 11, when three Israeli women were killed and a bus was hit by a Hamas rocket fired from Gaza at Tel Aviv, Israel’s second largest city. Hamas also claimed that it wants to turn Israel into “hell. In response, former U.S. President Donald Trump said the United States must always support Israel in defending its rights and that it was Biden’s weak policy that led to a new Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
According to the Daily Mail, Trump wrote on his website, “During my tenure, we were known for a ‘peaceful presidency’ because Israel’s enemies knew that the United States was firmly on Israel’s side. If Israel is attacked, there is immediate and swift retaliation.”
Trump went on to write that the world, however, has become increasingly violent and unstable under Biden’s rule. “This is due to Biden’s weakness. The Biden administration’s failure to support Israel has led to new attacks (by Palestinians) on our allies.”
Trump called for the U.S. to always stand by Israel and “for the U.S. to make it clear: the Palestinians must stop the violence, the terror and the rocket attacks; and for the U.S. government to make it clear: the U.S. will always stand strong in support of Israel’s right to defend itself.”
“It’s unbelievable that anti-American Congressman Ilhan Omar (D-N.Y.) would still savagely attack Israel when Israel is being terrorized, and that Democrats would still support her.” Trump said.
Many Republican lawmakers also echoed Trump’s statement. Colorado U.S. Rep. Lauren Boebert (R) tweeted, “Hamas would not dare do this if Trump were still in office. Right now Tel Aviv, Israel, is under direct attack. Where is Biden? What is he doing? As more and more rockets fly down, America will lose more and more respect in this world. It’s a disgrace.”
Republican U.S. Rep. Mike Waltz of Florida said, “The result of the Biden administration sending money to the Palestinian Authority without any restrictions: there is no accountability for Hamas and the terror it has sparked in Israel. “
Missouri U.S. Rep. Jason Smith (R) said, “Hamas’ rocket attacks are a direct result of the Biden administration’s weak leadership, which endangers our strongest ally, Israel.”
And Rep. Elise Stefanik (D-N.Y.) wrote, “The United States stands with Israel, and the Biden administration’s silence on this issue is inexcusable.”
Former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo also told a Fox News reporter Tuesday that Biden’s policies toward Iran, Israel and the Palestinians are worrisome because his policies give terrorists a free hand.
Pompeo said it was clear that the Biden administration did not give clear support to Israel’s right to self-defense, as the Trump administration did back then. He said, “Biden delayed his calls to Israeli leaders after taking office and restarted aid funding to the Palestinian government through the United Nations. These actions have informed Hamas and terrorists in the West Bank of Gaza that the U.S. government does not take the relationship between Israel and the United States very seriously.”
As the Israeli-Palestinian situation has rapidly deteriorated, the Biden administration has intervened publicly through calls or official statements over the past three days, and their efforts have seen some results. Israel has taken certain steps to reduce tensions, such as Israel postponing a scheduled deportation and changing the route of a parade for the May 10 Jerusalem Day celebration. The White House also stated on May 10 that President Biden receives daily briefings on the Israeli-Palestinian situation and is very concerned about it.
Politics Week quoted sources as saying that on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, the Biden administration simply wants to reduce tensions because it wants to focus more on issues that are of direct interest to the United States.