Jen Psaki says Biden should have cut off arms to Israel earlier

The radical left sway over President Joe Biden is so intense that the malleable 81-year-old president is now threatening to do what he said a short five years ago would be “beyond” his comprehension, which is to cut off military aid to Israel.

In an interview with CNN, Biden said he would not supply “offensive weapons” as Israel is poised to attack what it believes is the last Hamas stronghold: “I made it clear that if they go into Rafah — they haven’t gone in Rafah yet — if they go into Rafah, I’m not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities — that deal with that problem.”

The decision to abandon an ally on the cusp of success in eliminating the Palestinian terrorist group responsible for the barbaric Oct. 7 attack on Israeli Jews was cheered by the hard left, with MSNBC host Jem Psaki, the former Biden White House press secretary, saying he should have done so a lot sooner.

“I do think that there’s some leverage we’re all seeing being used. Should it have been used earlier? I think the answer is yes to that,” Psaki said during an appearance on the Democrat-friendly The Late Show. “But we are seeing them pull back in the sending of weapons. That’s actually a pretty significant sign, given that the United States and Israel has a long-standing connection on military support, where the United States is a big provider of that.”

With well-funded America-hating Pro-Palestinian protesters lying siege to college campuses around the country, Biden was slow to condemn them for antisemitic behavior that included preventing Jewish students from attending class. The prevailing theory is that the geriatric president is afraid of alienating what is essentially his base.

Host Stephen Colbert asked Psaki if the United States has ever withheld weapons from Israel before — the New York Times put out a piece Friday morning explaining Biden is not the first U.S. president to cut off weapons to Israel, reporting that Ronald Reagan “also used the power of American arms to influence Israeli war policy.”

“Not many times before, but it has happened before. But not many times before, but that is a pretty significant step,” Psaki replied. “Prime Minister Netanyahu, I would say, is someone Joe Biden has had a tricky, challenging, difficult relationship with for some time. People don’t always see that. That isn’t talked about.”

The former Biden administration official let it be known that at the end of the day, efforts that may end up preserving Hamas is a good thing in keeping younger voters on board.

“It’s very hard and difficult to explain the nature of diplomacy,” said the woman who was once photographed in a Russian hammer and sickle hat. “It’s just very hard to talk about what’s happening behind the scenes, sometimes because if you do, you’ll ruin the diplomatic talks and the conversations. But, outreach, and connection, and listening to young people, and hearing from them is certainly an important part of that.”

“[Biden] is going to talk to Morehouse University, he is going to do that commencement address there in a couple of weeks. That’s a good step,” Psaki added. “They could be doing more of that. And I think that’s an important part of their outreach that they’ll have to do in the next couple months.”

For his part, Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is smart enough to know he can’t depend on Biden.

“If we need to stand alone, we will stand alone. I have said that, if necessary, we will fight with our fingernails. But we have much more than fingernails and with that same strength of spirit, with God’s help, together we will win,” he said in a statement.

As mentioned above, Biden said during a 2019 PBS interview that it would be a “tragic mistake” to cut off military aid.

“I strongly oppose Israel’s settlement policy on the West Bank. I have made that clear to Bibi when we were — when I was vice president. I have made it crystal clear to the Israelis,” he said. “But the idea that we would cut off military aid to an ally, our only true, true ally in the entire region, is absolutely preposterous. It’s just beyond my comprehension anyone would do that.”

Tom Tillison

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