The United States government took a tentative position on a questionable explosion at a hospital in Gaza with the president taking his side live from Israel after he himself had been taken blame from a congresswoman.
“And based on what I’ve seen…”
(Video: Fox News)
The fog of war obscures enough on its own without the added misdirection of propagandists and malcontents bent on escalating to suit their own nefarious ends. On Tuesday that played out with Hamas and its sympathizers blaming Israel for a strike on the Al-Ahli Baptist Hospital that the IDF attributed to jihadists.
For his part, during a joint press conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu from Tel Aviv, as Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D) found blame with the president not working toward a ceasefire, President Joe Biden said the terrorists looked to be at fault.
“I was deeply saddened and outraged by the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday,” expressed Biden Wednesday after arriving for a trip to show support after Hamas had attacked Israel. “And based on what I’ve seen, it appears as though it was done by the other team, not — not you. But there’s a lot of people out there who are not sure. So we got a lot of — we got to overcome a lot of things.”
Hours earlier, while fresh reports left little confirmed about what had actually happened at the hospital in Gaza, Tlaib had taken to X to fan the flames accusing Israel of committing the same sort of atrocities that she had been slow to condemn Hamas for in the wake of the October 7 attacks.
“Israel just bombed the Baptist Hospital killing 500 Palestinians (doctors, children, patients) just like that. [President Biden] this is what happens when you refuse to facilitate a ceasefire & help de-escalate,” she asserted. “Your war and destruction only approach has opened my eyes and many Palestinian Americans and Muslims Americans like me. We will remember where you stood.”
Israel just bombed the Baptist Hospital killing 500 Palestinians (doctors, children, patients) just like that. @POTUS this is what happens when you refuse to facilitate a ceasefire & help de-escalate.
Your war and destruction only approach has opened my eyes and many… https://t.co/mZYoifT7bj
— Rashida Tlaib (@RashidaTlaib) October 17, 2023
While Tlaib’s post remained on social media nearly a full day after being published, complete with a Community Note debunking her claims, CNN reported a tempered account of the explosion after Biden pointed to terrorists.
Wednesday morning, CNN’s Erin Burnett noted that the network could not “independently verify what caused the explosion,” but detailed the evidence that the IDF had supplied as proof that a group called the Islamic Jihadist Group had failed to launch a rocket from a cemetery adjacent to the hospital that ultimately detonated in the parking lot.
“They even put out a map here showing how many misfires they say have happened since the beginning of the war,” added Burnett after speaking to the lack of a crater and the large blast being evidence of a short trajectory.
Without solid confirmation, CNN’s chief international correspondent Clarissa Ward presented the case against Israel that included a supposed call to warn civilians to evacuate the hospital in advance of the explosion while asserting “we’re seeing now hundreds dead.”
Shortly after Biden’s press conference with Netanyahu, National Security Council spokesperson Adrienne Watson reaffirmed the administration’s position and posted to social media, “While we continue to collect information, our current assessment, based on analysis of overhead imagery, intercepts and open source information, is that Israel is not responsible for the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday.”
While we continue to collect information, our current assessment, based on analysis of overhead imagery, intercepts and open source information, is that Israel is not responsible for the explosion at the hospital in Gaza yesterday.
— Adrienne Watson (@NSC_Spox) October 18, 2023
There was still outrage to be had with Biden as syndicated radio host Mark Levin found fault with the hedged and watered-down language the president had used. Wednesday morning he reacted, “Biden said ‘the other team’ fired a rocket into the hospital in Gaza. This is not a ‘team’ sport. If [former President Donald] Trump had used that phrase the response from the pro-Hamas Nazi media, Democrats, and others would be trashing him.”
Biden said “the other team” fired a rocket into the hospital in Gaza. This is not a “team” sport. If Trump had used that phrase the response from the pro-Hamas Nazi media, Democrats, and others would be trashing him.
— Mark R. Levin (@marklevinshow) October 18, 2023
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