Democrats Rally Behind Palestine in New York and Biden Barbecues In Blissful Indifference 

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President Joe Biden is being grilled for his lack of concern over the Hamas attack in Israel. Amid the ongoing conflict on Saturday, the White House partied on. The band played, the food was flowing, and President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden couldn’t be bothered with a little thing like the deaths of several U.S. citizens and more than 700 Israelis during Hamas’s surprise attacks throughout Tel Aviv and the outskirts of Jerusalem. 

In response to inquiries about the live band near the Rose Garden, the White House explained that the first family was hosting a barbecue for White House Executive Residence staff and their families.  

It’s unfortunate when world events interrupt such important events. The conflict has taken a toll on both sides, with significant casualties and injuries. Hamas’s attack resulted in numerous Israeli casualties, while the Israeli counterattack in Gaza has also led to a high number of casualties among Palestinians.  

Proving that it’s always “better late than never,” Biden and Secretary of State Antony Blinken announced Sunday that it would increase aid and support for Israel along with a heightened military presence in the Middle East.  

That is disappointing news to Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Rashida Tlaib, Cori Bush, Ilhan Omar, Jamaal Bowman, and Greg Casar. These six Democrat representatives are members of The Democratic Socialists, a radical pro-Palestine left-wing organization that stands for “solidarity with the Palestinian people and their right to resist 75 years of occupation and apartheid.” 

The viciously anti-Semitic group held a rally in New York City’s Time Square, chanting “Settler, settler you will learn! By the millions we’ll return.” A spokesman for the DSA said, “Today’s events are a direct result of Israel’s apartheid regime — a regime that receives billions in funding from the United States.”  

In 2019, Democrat Rep. Ilhan Omar faced allegations of promoting an anti-Israel agenda, particularly in her controversial comments. She once accused Israel of “hypnotizing” the world, and she sponsored a resolution that equated boycotting Israelis with boycotting Nazis.  

During this time, the watchdog group Stop Antisemitism voted to name Omar the “Antisemite of the Year.” This award is quite possibly the only noteworthy accomplishment Omar has achieved during her tenure. 

A day later, after washing the barbecue sauce off his hands, Biden made a call to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and promised full support unless additional conflicts fall on bowling night.  

Relations between the White House and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have been strained, and the Biden administration has expressed discomfort with some of Israel’s policies. While it’s unclear whether U.S. citizens are among those taken hostage by Hamas, four Americans have been confirmed dead in Israel.  

U.S. officials are also investigating any potential involvement of Iran in supporting Hamas, which arguably could have been funded by Biden through a hostage “negotiation” that saw the release of five U.S. citizens from Iran in exchange for $6 billion.  

President Biden updated Prime Minister Netanyahu on the ongoing diplomatic efforts carried out by the U.S. in support of Israel since the attack. He assured him that additional assistance for the Israeli Defense Forces was en route, and more would be available as the conflict continued. The two leaders pledged to stay in regular contact as Israel grapples with the attack’s implications. 

As if Israel wasn’t suffering enough, Vice President Kamala Harris crawled out of obscurity to convey her commitment to Israel during a conversation with President Isaac Herzog. Not to be left out, Secretary of State Antony Blinken communicated with various regional leaders and counterparts, reinforcing the U.S.’s commitment to the region’s stability. He also emphasized a series of “strong warnings” against any hostile entity attempting to exploit Israel’s vulnerable situation. He’s on the right track, because a good talking to is always the best deterrent against psychotic armed militant forces. 

An official for the White House addressed reports suggesting that Egypt or another nation had provided advance notice about the attack, calling them inaccurate and emphasizing that the White House had not received such warnings. In other words, misinformation. It’s hard to judge if advance warning would have made a difference in the conflict. After all, the barbecue was already on the calendar. 

As death and destruction washed over America’s allies in Israel, the White House decided to cook hotdogs and relax to some live music.  But hamburgers aren’t the only thing that went down in flames during the ill-timed presidential barbecue.  

Biden’s hopes of reelection are going up in smoke, too.