- Sen. Ted Cruz criticizes President Biden’s call for a “pause” in Israel’s military action in Gaza.
- The White House clarified Biden’s mention of “prisoners,” confirming he referred to hostages.
- Israel’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson reaffirms Israel’s opposition to a pause or cease-fire.
Senator Ted Cruz (R-Texas) has sharply rebuked President Joe Biden for what he views as an “obscene” stance on Israel.
Cruz’s critique comes in the wake of Biden’s response to a heckler in Minneapolis, where, after being interrupted during a speech, the President expressed, “I think we need a pause. A pause means give time to get the prisoners out.”
While the White House later rectified Biden’s statement, saying he meant “hostages” and not “prisoners,” Cruz did not mince words.
Taking to social media platform X, Cruz asserted, “Biden poured hundreds of millions of dollars toward Hamas, which then massacred 1,400 Israelis and dozens of Americans. Now he’s pressuring Israel to stand down so Hamas can regroup.”
Cruz’s comments also spotlighted Israel Defense Forces’ claims, pointing to an audio recording suggesting that Hamas diverts gas supplies from Gaza hospitals.
Meanwhile, Secretary of State Antony Blinken is reportedly preparing to encourage Israel to temporarily halt military operations, allowing aid to reach Gaza and the safe exit of hostages.
However, the Biden administration has been meticulously differentiating a “pause” from a “cease-fire.”
John Kirby, the U.S. National Security Council spokesperson, attempted to delineate the terms last week, acknowledging that multiple pauses could be essential.
Kirby declared, “If that’s what it requires, then we absolutely will try to get such pause or pauses in place.”
Reiterating Israel’s firm position, Lior Haiat, the nation’s Foreign Ministry spokesperson, emphasized, “Israel is opposed to a humanitarian pause or cease-fire at this time.”
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