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Democrats and Republicans criticized Biden for the response to the Israeli air strike that killed aid workers in Gaza

Democrats and Republicans criticized Biden for the response to the Israeli air strike that killed aid workers in Gaza

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President Biden received criticism from Democrats and Republicans this week over his response to an Israeli airstrike that killed seven aid workers at World Central Kitchen in Gaza on Monday.

Biden, 81, said on Tuesday that he felt “angry and sad” over the killing of aid workers who were delivering food to Gaza residents, but he did not indicate any change in approach toward his administration's support for Israel in its war against Hamas.

In his public statement, the president placed the blame squarely on Israel, demanding an investigation that “must lead to accountability” and accusing the Jewish state of not “doing enough to protect aid workers” in the Palestinian territories.

Biden called for an investigation into the attack that would lead to “holding accountable” those responsible. Michael Reynolds/EPA-EFE/Shutterstock

alone, Politico reportsBiden is 'outraged' by the airstrike and was 'outraged' when he was notified that the Israel Defense Forces had mistakenly targeted members of celebrity chef José Andrés' humanitarian group.

Jon Favreau, who was former President Barack Obama's speechwriter and host of “Pod Save America,” criticized Biden over the report, arguing that private expressions of outrage are not enough in the wake of Monday's tragedy.

“The president cannot take credit for being ‘particularly angry’ when he still refuses to use his influence to stop the Israeli military from killing and starving innocent people,” Favreau said. Written on X.

He added: “These stories make him look weak.”

Democratic Representative from Michigan, Abraham Ayyash, said that “actions are more important than dialogue” in A A tweet targeting Biden.

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He added: “The president is prioritizing Netanyahu's Israel over preserving innocent lives and basic human dignity — and risks the collapse of American democracy because of it.”

Favreau said reports that Biden has refused to withdraw support for the Jewish state despite being privately angry make him “look weak.” Roger Askew/Shutterstock

Meanwhile, some Republicans criticized the president for directing his anger at Israel and not Hamas.

“How about Biden's outrage that American and Israeli hostages are being brutalized by Hamas savages and remember that Hamas is the cause of all this tragedy,” Rep. Derek Van Orden (R-Wis.) Angry at X.

He added: “Biden has abandoned Israel.”

Van Orden accused Biden of “abandoning” Israel. Facebook/Derek Van Orden

Rep. Mike Waltz (R-Fla.) noted that the Biden administration mistakenly targeted aid worker Zimari Ahmadi, killing him and his family members in a drone strike as the United States withdrew from Afghanistan in August 2021.

“Reminder: The Biden administration conducted a drone strike on an aid worker and his family during the disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan,” Waltz tweeted. “There was no accountability for this action.”

He added: “Biden may want to postpone discontent and fair criticism.”

An American was among the seven people killed in Monday's Israeli air strike against the aid convoy. Reuters

At least 196 humanitarian workers have been killed in Gaza since the outbreak of war, according to the United Nations.


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