Biden accused of ‘cowering’ to progressives and The Squad for backing a temporary Gaza


The U.S. vetoed a United Nations resolution that would demand an immediate ceasefire in Gaza, instead offering a separate resolution that would call for one ‘as soon as practicable’ and condition it to the release of hostages. 

The new resolution rankled congressional Republicans, with Florida GOP Rep. Cory Mills accusing President Biden of ‘cowering’ to progressives. 

Israel’s Oct 7 is equivalent of America’s Sept 11,’ Mills, a former defense contractor and freshman lawmaker, wrote on X  

‘Imagine if our allies were requesting a ceasefire when our military was fighting Al Qaeda/ Taliban. This is what Biden is demanding of Israel in a ceasefire against the Iran terrorist group, Hamas.’

Kites are flown over Rafah as smoke billows following Israeli bombardment on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on February 20, 2024

Kites are flown over Rafah as smoke billows following Israeli bombardment on Khan Yunis in the southern Gaza Strip on February 20, 2024

The new resolution rankled congressional Republicans, with Florida GOP Rep. Cory Mills accusing President Biden of 'cowering' to progressives

The new resolution rankled congressional Republicans, with Florida GOP Rep. Cory Mills accusing President Biden of ‘cowering’ to progressives

The U.S. said the Algerian-proposed resolution that demands an immediate ceasefire would ‘jeopardize’ talks to end the war. 

Thirteen countries on the 15-member security council voted for the resolution, the U.S. voted ‘no’ and the UK abstained. 

The U.S. version of such a resolution puts no date one when a ceasefire should begin, demands hostages be released and urges barriers on aid to Gaza to be lifted. 

Washington has previously been averse to the word ceasefire in any U.N. action relating to its ally Israel’s war against Hamas.

It’s not clear if the UN Security Council will vote on the U.S.-led resolution. 

The U.S. draft resolution echoes language that President Joe Biden said he used last week in conversations with Netanyahu, the Israeli Prime Minister.

At the time Biden said: ‘I feel very strongly about it, that there has to be a temporary ceasefire to get the prisoners out, to get the hostages out.’

The proposed resolution also says Israel’s planned major ground offensive into the southern Gaza city of Rafah, where some 1.5 million Palestinians have sought safety, ‘should not proceed under current circumstances.’ 

It warns that further displacement of civilians, ‘including potentially into neighboring countries’ like Egypt would have serious implications for regional peace and security. 

The draft U.S. text would also condemn calls by some Israeli government ministers for Jewish settlers to move to Gaza.

UN Ambassador Linda Thomas-Greenfield said on Sunday that the U.S. has been working on a hostage deal for months that would bring at least a six-week period of calm.

' Israel ’s Oct 7 is equivalent of America’s Sept 11,' Mills, a former defense contractor and freshman lawmaker, wrote on X

‘ Israel ’s Oct 7 is equivalent of America’s Sept 11,’ Mills, a former defense contractor and freshman lawmaker, wrote on X

Palestinians inspect the wreckage of the destroyed buildings and the area after an Israeli attack that continues in Nusairat of Gaza Strip on February 20, 2024

Palestinians inspect the wreckage of the destroyed buildings and the area after an Israeli attack that continues in Nusairat of Gaza Strip on February 20, 2024

She said ‘we could then take the time and the steps to build a more enduring peace.’

The ambassador said Biden has had multiple calls over the last week with Netanyahu, and the leaders of Egypt and Qatar, to push the deal forward.

She said it was the best way to secure a prolonged pause in fighting that would allow aid to get to Palestinian civilians.

At the weekend Democrat Congressman Jim Clyburn, a close ally of Biden, said the president did not believe Netanyahu’s leadership had been ‘good’ for Israel.

Clyburn said: ‘I’ve talked to the president about this. And, of course, he is not going to be public with everything he says to Netanyahu.

‘But I know this. He feels about the way I feel when it comes to Netanyahu. He is, his leadership, has not been good for Israel.’

A week ago it emerged Biden had privately referred to Netanyahu as ‘an a**hole’ on at least three occasions, and called him the primary obstacle to peace in the Middle East.

Biden, meanwhile, has taken heat from the leftward flank over his reluctance to take any meaningful action to prompt Israel to reduce civilian casualties.

Some 30,000 Palestinians, majority women and children, have been killed over four months in Israel’s campaign to eradicate Hamas, according to the Gaza Health Ministry

Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Palestinian-American Democrat, urged voters in her state not to vote for Biden in their Feb. 28 primary. 

‘Don’t make us even more invisible. Right now, we feel completely neglected and just unseen by our government,’ Tlaib said in a video posted Saturday, instead urging Michiganders to vote ‘uncommitted’ in the primary. 



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