Biden confuses Israeli city with Rafah in Gaza: ‘Don’t move on Haifa!’

President Biden made a stunning blunder on Tuesday by confusing the Israeli port city of Haifa with Rafah, the last refuge for civilians in the Gaza Strip.

The 81-year-old president made a gaffe during a one-on-one interview with Nexstar Media’s Reshad Hudson when asked about his plans to win back pro-Palestinian voters in the wake of Israel’s war against Hamas.

“Number one, I’ve been meeting with them,” Biden said. “Second, we have made clear that we must significantly increase the amount of food, water and medical care sent to Gaza.”

“And I told the Israelis clearly: Don’t move to Haifa,” he added, apparently trying to tell Rafah.

President Biden appeared to confuse the Israeli port city of Haifa with Rafah, the last refuge for civilians in the Gaza Strip, in an interview with Nexstar Media’s Reshad Hudson. RNC Research/X

Biden then trailed off, lost his train of thought and appeared to lose interest in elaborating on the point.

“Not really, anyway,” the commander-in-chief said.

Rafah has been the focus of Israeli efforts in recent weeks to free hostages held by Hamas and remove terrorist group members from the Gaza Strip.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said that “no force in the world can stop” the Israeli Defense Forces from advancing on Rafah, the most populous town in the Gaza Strip, home to more than 1 million Palestinian refugees.

Rafah is believed to be the base of operations for four of Hamas’ remaining six battalions.

People in Rafah walk next to buildings destroyed by Israeli shelling in the southern Gaza Strip on April 17, 2024. AFP (via Getty Images)
People inspect the damage inside a house after an Israeli airstrike in Rafah on April 17, 2024. Reuters

Haifa, Israel’s third largest city and popular tourist destination, is more than 100 miles north of Rafah.

Many social media users mocked Biden over the gaffe.

“I think Israel should comply with Biden’s request not to attack Haifa,” former U.S. Ambassador to Israel David Friedman wrote in X.

Former New York congressman Dov Hikind similarly tweeted, “I think it’s likely that Israel will refrain from attacking Haifa,” calling the mistake “deeply embarrassing.”

Some users saw the mistake as a sign that the president, known for his frequent gaffes, is suffering from cognitive decline.

The port city of Haifa is Israel’s third largest city and a popular tourist destination more than 100 miles north of Rafah. Reuters

Ann ABC News/Ipsos poll A poll released in February found that 86% of American adults believe Biden, the oldest president in U.S. history, is too old for another term.

The White House insists that Biden, who will be 86 years old at the end of his second term if re-elected, has no cognitive decline and that there is “no need” for tests to prove this.