White House deputy national security adviser Jon Finer rejected the claim — albeit, in a mealy-mouthed manner — made by Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) that President Biden is supporting the “genocide” against Palestinians.
Finer appeared Sunday on ABC’s “This Week” and was asked by anchor George Stephanopoulos about the Palestinian-American lawmaker’s recent comments on the war between Israel and the Palestinian terrorist group Hamas.
Tlaib, who has been a de facto mouthpiece for Hamas, posted a video on X that concluded with the statement, “Joe Biden supported the genocide of the Palestinian people.”
“Mr. President, the American people are not with you on this one,” Tlaib claimed in the video, before leveling a threat about not supporting his reelection. “We will remember in 2024.”
“Look, we strongly disagree with some of that messaging and with some of the terms used to describe this conflict,” Finer told Stephanopoulos. “But what I will say is we know that this is a conflict about which there are strong views on all sides, including in the United States, including frankly, even within the United States — the Biden administration about the conduct of this conflict.”
White House deputy national security adviser Jon Finer responds to criticism from some Democrats in Congress over U.S. handling of Israel-Hamas war.
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Fine continued to walk a fine line, trying to defend his boss without stirring up Biden’s antagonists any further.
“We’ve seen some of that spill out into the public,” the deputy national security adviser said. “We have seen strong comments made by members of Congress. We respect the fact that there are people who have deep personal ties to this conflict in a way that may have been unusual in terms of the recent world events.”
“All of that said, some of the characterizations and the terms used we believe have technical definitions, have certain historical resonance and weight,” he added. “And that we do not accept their application to this particular war even as we continue to raise our serious concerns about the toll that this is taking on civilian life and the need to do even more to protect it.”
Tlaib repeated the tag line “from the river to the sea,” which essentially calls for the eradication of the Jewish state, with the radical left Democrat trying to alter its meaning.
“From the river to the sea is an aspirational call for freedom, human rights, and peaceful coexistence, not death, destruction, or hate,” Tlaib falsely proclaimed in a tweet.
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