Former President Donald Trump and former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo criticized President Joe Biden on Tuesday, saying his “weaknesses” and “signals” led to Hamas’ terrorist attack on Israel.
“When I was in office, we were known as the President of Peace, because Israeli adversaries knew that the United States would stand up against Israel and that with Israel there would be quick retaliation. [were] I was attacked, “said Trump. statement.. “Under Biden, the world is becoming more violent and unstable as Biden’s weakness and lack of support for Israel have led to new attacks on our allies.”
A group of Hamas terrorists in the Gaza Strip launched rockets into the Jerusalem region and southern Israel on Monday. Israel launched air strikes in northern Gaza Strip in retaliation.
As of early Wednesday, there were reports of at least 40 deaths, 35 Palestinians and 5 Israelis.
“The United States must always confront Israel, make it clear that Palestinians must end violence, terrorism, and rocket attacks, and make it clear that the United States always strongly supports Israel’s right to self-defense,” Trump said. Added. “Unbelievably, Democrats also continue to support crazy anti-American lawmaker Ilhan Omar and others who barbarically attack Israel during terrorist attacks.”
Ilhan Omar (Democratic Party), Andre Carson (Democratic Party), Rashida Tlaib (Democratic Party) participated statement “I’m afraid of the Israeli army’s violent attacks on the Al-Aqsa Mosque and the ongoing violent attacks on the Palestinian people,” they said on Monday.
“We condemn all the violence in this conflict,” the statement said, but “it was long before we finally took action to protect the human rights and save lives of Palestinians.”
Pompeo also pointed out that Biden’s foreign policy gave Hamas a “sign” that the United States no longer evaluated its relations with Israel as usual.
“Biden delayed his call to Israeli leaders and resumed funding the Palestinian Authority through the United Nations, both Hamas and terrorists on the West Bank, who said the United States did not place much emphasis on relations with Israel. It ’s a signal to. It ’s important who leads. ”Pompeo I have written On Twitter.
Biden first called Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on February 17, almost a month after taking office. Trump called Netanyahu two days after taking office in 2017.
April 7, Biden administration Restore Economic development and humanitarian assistance to Palestinians totaling $ 235 million.
In comparison, Trump cut nearly $ 300 million in funding for UN agencies to support Palestinian refugees in 2018.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) Called The attack on Israel is “the result of Joe Biden’s weakening of America’s support for Israel.”
Senator Bill Hagerty (Republican), Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) Also criticized Biden for the attack on Israel.
The White House said Biden’s support for Israel “never fluctuates.”
“The president’s support for Israeli security, its legitimate right to protect itself and its people, is fundamental and never shaken. White House spokesman Jen Psaki said at a press conference on Tuesday that Hamas and others. Condemns ongoing rocket attacks by terrorist groups, including those against Jen Psaki. “
“We also oppose radicalism, which is violent in both communities. Jerusalem, a city of great importance to religious people around the world, must be a place of coexistence. It is the responsibility of officials, residents and leaders to bring the city back to a calm place, “added Mr. Pusaki.
Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the Israeli Foreign Minister yesterday and said he “expressed concern about his condolences for the rocket attack on Israel and the resulting loss of life.” statement Published by the Department of State.
Blinken also emphasized the need for Israelis and Palestinians to live in security and security and enjoy equal means of freedom, security, prosperity and democracy.
Mimi Nguyen Ly contributed to this report.