- The Washington Times - Friday, May 10, 2024

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President Joe Biden, over the objections of some of his party’s biggest donors, and while ignoring the calls for his impeachment that are growing among Republican ranks in the House due to his warnings to Israel, has made it clear that if Benjamin Netanyahu orders the IDF into Rafah, his White House will deny congressionally approved shipments of weapons to the Jewish nation.

Oh, say it ain’t so, Joe.

Could it truly be that America is finally turning its back on Israel?

These are the end of times — these are the end of times. As Zechariah quotes God as saying: “All the nations will gather against [Jerusalem] to try to move it, but they will only hurt themselves.”

Turning against Israel doesn’t bode well for any nation, including America.

“US paused shipment of bombs to Israel amid concerns over potential use in Rafah incursion,” CNN wrote.

That was after Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin confirmed during recent congressional testimony, CNN reported. He said that while America would continue to support Israel’s use of the Iron Dome, no “high-payload munitions” would flow from the U.S. to Israel.

His remarks: “We’re going to continue to do what’s necessary to ensure that Israel has the means to defend itself, but that said, we are currently reviewing some near-term security assistance shipments in the context of unfolding events in Rafah,” Austin said. He also added the White House as “been very clear” — there’s a bit of a lie, right? — “that Israel shouldn’t launch a major attack into Rafah without accounting for and protecting the civilians that are in that battle space.”

Thing is, this White House hasn’t been very clear at all when it comes to supporting Israel. For about a blink after October 7, when Israel was brutally and savagely attacked by terrorists, Team Biden stood strong and fast in the camp of the Jewish people, stating their right, nay, their responsibility, nay their America-supported, globally-supported duty to their citizens to go in, get Hamas, get the terrorists, and kill ‘em all. 

Then came October Later.

Then came the criticisms of Israel when Israel actually did start going into Gaza and getting all the terrorists, and killing ‘em all. Suddenly, the very Palestinians who voted for Hamas and who cheered the butchery of Jews by Hamas and who continued on October Later to stand by Hamas as their great and dear leader — suddenly these very same Palestinians became the victims of oh, those evil occupiers called Israel.

Suddenly, Israel didn’t have as much right to defend itself as previously stated.

This is where we’re now at on the war against Hamas.

Israel is still trying to kill an enemy that is determined to wipe its people off the face of the map. And Biden, and the global governments, and the politicians of the West are trying to tell Israel to stand down, strike a deal with the terrorists and learn to live peacefully side by side with them. Love it or lump it. 

This will be America’s great shame. Actually, according to biblical truths, this will be to America’s great detriment.

“Joe Biden’s Rafah Red Line Upends US-Israel Relationship,” Newsweek wrote.

Yes. Because Biden is now implying that he’s grown weary of Israel’s insistence to eradicate evil.

“I made it clear that if they [Israel] go into Rafah — they haven’t gone in Rafah yet — if they go into Rafah, I’m not supplying the weapons that have been used historically to deal with Rafah, to deal with the cities, that deal with that problem,” Biden said in a recent CNN segment.

Now here are the problems with Biden’s stance.

First off, Congress has authorized the funding for weapons Biden now wants to deny Israel — and that leads to questions about impeachable offenses, like quid pro quos and the like.

“The House,” Rep. Cory Mills said, to Fox News Digital, “has no choice but to impeach President ‘quid pro Joe’ Biden. … Biden is pressuring Israel, our biggest ally in the Middle East, by pausing their funding that has already been approved in the House, if they don’t stop all operations with Hamas. It’s a very clear message, ‘this for that.’”

It’s also, Mills said, a message that Democrats saw as an impeachable offense against Donald Trump, for Ukraine.

Second off, telling Israel to quit a ground operation in Rafah to dig out the well dug-in Hamas and kill them is nothing more than a gift to the terrorists. 

Israel has already been showcasing its moves and operations to the terrorists for months now, largely out of concern for the civilians in Gaza. The IDF’s been dropping flyers, announcing evacuations, giving civilians heads-up notifications to leave certain areas — all before launching attacks in those certain areas. The natural consequence of this care and compassion for the civilian sector has led to the compromise of Israel’s ability to speedily and in many instances, safely, take out the terrorists. If Hamas knows where the IDF is attacking, Hamas knows where to take shelter, where not to take shelter and moreover, where to hide behind civilians so as to secure the next propaganda photo of a terrified child.

Now, they’re in Rafah.

The terrorists are busily regrouping in Rafah.

Israel wants to go in Rafah and get them — but the Jewish nation’s supposedly biggest ally in the world is saying no, don’t do it.

How Hamas must be cheering.

How the Palestinian civilians must be seeing Hamas with renewed stars in their eyes because of the group’s ability to stand off Israel.

You can’t straddle lines with people who want to live in peace and people who want to kill, kill, kill. Persuasion is not an option with evil. Diplomacy doesn’t always work. 

And one more simple truth: Biden is not so much a friend of Israel as he is an enabler of terrorists.

This is a dangerous situation for Israel, for America, for the West, for all of civilized society. Terrorists love nothing more than a feckless and weak White House.

• Cheryl Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com or on Twitter, @ckchumley. Listen to her podcast “Bold and Blunt” by clicking HERE. And never miss her column; subscribe to her newsletter and podcast by clicking HERE. Her latest book, “Lockdown: The Socialist Plan To Take Away Your Freedom,” is available by clicking HERE  or clicking HERE or CLICKING HERE.

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