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Deep Divisions: This Is How the U.S. Administration Suffers as a Result of the Israeli War on Gaza

2023/12/03 17:12:00 | Murad Jandali | Reports
“The Biden administration is facing growing internal dissent over its support for Israel’s military assault in Gaza.”
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The American broadcast television network NBC revealed divisions in the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden due to its support for the brutal Israeli aggression on the Gaza Strip.

Citing unidentified American officials, it said that the Biden administration is facing mounting internal dissent due to its full support for “Israel.”

It added that the scope of dissent within the Biden administration due to the war in Gaza is exceptional and has not occurred in previous administrations, pointing to a widespread belief among State Department employees that U.S. support for “Israel” must be subject to restrictions.

Protests among U.S. administration employees went public through open letters calling on President Biden to seek a ceasefire in Gaza after internal memos failed to bring about a fundamental change from the positions that strongly supported “Israel” during its war in Gaza, regardless of the huge number of casualties among Palestinian civilians.

Senior officials in the Biden administration and Congress faced unusual public challenges from within regarding their support for the Israeli attack.

Hundreds of employees in the administration and in the Capitol are still signing open petitions, speaking with journalists, and organizing vigils in an attempt to shift U.S. policy towards more urgent measures to stop Palestinian casualties.

Protests among U.S. administration employees went public through open letters calling on President Biden to seek a ceasefire in Gaza.

This comes in light of the Israeli occupation committing horrific crimes against civilians in the Gaza Strip over the course of fifty-five days of aggression, during which it targeted hospitals, health facilities, and civilian facilities.

The death toll from the brutal aggression on the Gaza Strip rose to 15,207 martyrs, including about 6,000 children and 4,000 women, in addition to more than 35,000 others sustaining various injuries, most of them children and women, according to the latest statistics.

 

Growing Internal Dissent

The brutal war waged by the Israeli occupation on the Gaza Strip since October 7 has deepened the division within the U.S. administration regarding its handling of the current conflict in the Middle East, which has extended to include several institutions, the most recent of which is the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA).

According to NBC News, The CIA has advised its employees against publishing pro-Palestine content on social media in response to a top CIA official posting a pro-Palestine image.

As per the Financial Times, the CIA’s associate deputy director for analysis changed her Facebook cover photo on October 21 to an image of a man waving a Palestinian flag, signifying a stance of solidarity with Palestine.

On that note, the incident sparked confusion among officials because posting an overtly political image on a public platform is a very unusual move for a senior intelligence official.

This post on social media and the CIA’s internal warning to employees to remain apolitical come amid divisions within the federal government over the Biden administration’s handling of the Israeli war on Gaza.

Observers believe that a difference in visions has begun to grow and become clear to everyone in the American administration’s dealings with the war in the Gaza Strip.

They pointed to three official institutions affected by this division, whether in the State Department, the CIA, and the White House itself, but at the same time, they minimized its impact.

Last month, more than 500 people who worked on Biden’s 2020 campaign posted a letter calling on the president to support an immediate ceasefire.

The U.S. administration is also facing intense anger and great disappointment from representatives and legislators, even those who support Joe Biden, regarding his absolute support for the Israeli occupation in its aggression against Gaza.

Calls for a ceasefire on Capitol Hill have gained strength in recent weeks, with dozens of members of Congress calling for an end to the Israeli aggression on Gaza.

Other representatives, such as Bernie Sanders, also proposed a bill that imposes conditions on American aid to “Israel,” even though it is supportive of “Israel.”

Greg Landsman and Dan Goldman also rejected a bill calling for the expulsion of Palestinians from the United States, knowing that they are both Jews and supporters of “Israel.”

 

Unprecedented Divisions

Talk of divisions within the administration of U.S. President Joe Biden as a result of the unlimited support he provided to “Israel” began last October 18, when Josh Paul, Director of Public Affairs in the Office of Political-Military Affairs at the U.S. State Department, announced his resignation after 11 years in his position.

In an open letter published on LinkedIn, Paul explained the rationale for the decision, which he said came against the backdrop of what he called blind support for “Israel” by the Biden administration, which was contradictory to the publicly adopted values.

Paul’s resignation followed reports of an internal opposition cable prepared by a group of diplomats criticizing Biden’s policy toward “Israel,” an internal procedure adopted since the Vietnam War, a means that allows employees to freely express their dissatisfaction over certain policy approaches without fear of any reaction.

More than 630 USAID staff also urged the Biden administration to call for an immediate ceasefire and cessation of hostilities.

Last month, an anonymously signed letter from more than 400 congressional staffers also issued a similar call.

The Washington Post also published a report indicating that 3 issues related to the Israeli war on Gaza created unprecedented divisions within the White House between a group of employees, specifically juniors and senior advisors to President Joe Biden.

It explained that the three issues that employees wanted to know were the administration’s strategy to reduce the number of civilian casualties in Gaza, the message that the administration plans to send regarding the conflict, and its vision for the region after the war.

The newspaper quoted a number of the president’s advisors and allies inside and outside the White House, saying that the Israeli war on Gaza disturbed the Biden administration more than any other issue it faced during the past three years.

CNN revealed that U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken admitted in an email to employees that there were differences within the State Department regarding the Biden administration’s approach to the Gaza war.

There were also several reports of meetings held by senior officials in the White House and State Department with employees to listen to their concerns, especially after some went so far as to publicly express their opposition to these policies through their private accounts on social media platforms.

These positions were met by the Biden administration with a gradual change in linguistic approach and taking some steps without amounting to a major change in foreign policy or calling on “Israel” for a ceasefire, as some within the administration demanded.

The U.S. State Department spokesman responded publicly to a question regarding these objections within the ministry, considering that one of the strengths of the State Department is the different opinions of its employees, noting that the ministry encourages them to express their opinions.

The last time Americans remember a sharp and stark division in dealing with a foreign policy issue was 43 years ago when former U.S. Secretary of State Cyrus Vance submitted his resignation to then-U.S. President Jimmy Carter due to his opposition to the failed mission to rescue the American hostages held by Iran in 1979.

Also in the recent past, but in a different context as well, former U.S. Secretary of Defense James Mattis submitted his resignation to former U.S. President Donald Trump against the backdrop of his intention to withdraw from Syria and abandon support for Kurdish militants in that region.

The war highlighted wide ideological differences within the Democratic Party, with liberals adopting a position more supportive of the Palestinians than the Israelis.

In turn, Washington-based activist Omar Taha said in a statement to Al-Estiklal that “workers in federal agencies are a microcosm of the American people; just as the so-called Israeli–Palestinian conflict polarizes the broader American public, it raises strong opinions within the government.

“Divisions have occurred within the U.S. administration over the past years in a more serious manner than what has happened so far. For example, the Iraq war led to many resignations, while the current war resulted in only one resignation,” he said.

 

Political Expediency

White House officials are concerned about the results of opinion polls, which indicate a significant decline in support for Biden among American voters in recent weeks.

The administration also faces a tense situation as a result of absolute support for “Israel,” moral responsibility for the killing of thousands of Palestinian civilians, and political expediency in the midst of a difficult 2024 election race.

The Washington Post described that the war in Gaza shook the Biden administration more than any other issue during his presidency.

Amid this political tension, Biden’s statements shifted from speeches strongly supportive of “Israel” at first, to speeches emphasizing humanitarian aid, extending the truce, and releasing hostages, then directing warnings to “Israel” to protect the lives of civilians.

The war also highlighted wide ideological differences within the Democratic Party, with liberals adopting a position more supportive of the Palestinians than the Israelis.

The New York Times pointed out that the Israeli war in Gaza has become an example of division and polarization at all levels.

In recent weeks, support for Israeli actions has declined.

In a recent Marist poll, most respondents said the Israeli military response was too aggressive.

The percentage of people who said they sympathized with Palestinians more than Israelis also rose to 25% this month from 15% last month, according to the Quinnipiac poll.

A large number of Americans expressed concern about the losses among civilians in Gaza, most of whom are women and children.

More than 80% of Americans told Ipsos a few weeks ago that “Israel” should stop its military operations to allow humanitarian aid to reach the residents of Gaza.

 


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More than 500 Biden campaign alumni want a Gaza ceasefire

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A look at the internal rifts over Biden’s handling of Gaza-Israel

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