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Rep. Elise Stefanik blasts Joe Biden to Israel’s Knesset

Representative Elise Stefanik (RN.Y.) harshly criticized President Biden’s policy toward Israel in a speech to the country’s parliament, the National Assembly, in Tel Aviv on Sunday.

Stefanik, the highest-ranking Republican lawmaker to visit Israel since the outbreak of the Israel-Hamas war, slammed the president’s warning that he could withhold aid if Israel invades Rafah in the Gaza Strip.

“I have been clear domestically, and let me be clear here, that the president of the United States is willing to provide aid to Israel, aid formally passed by Congress, and pay a $6 billion ransom to ease sanctions on Iran. There’s no excuse to stop us from doing that.”Either be the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, or stand around and hide while our friends fight for their lives,” The Hill reported. Stefanik said in prepared remarks that were confirmed.

“No excuses. Full stop,” she added. “That’s why I’ve sponsored or supported every single piece of support for Israel that’s been introduced in the U.S. Congress. Every single one of them.”

Biden has repeatedly sent strong warnings to the Israeli government to better consider the civilian casualties in the Gaza Strip and help alleviate the humanitarian crisis in the region. Last week’s suspension of military shipments and threats to halt further shipments represent the Biden administration’s strongest signals yet.

The move comes despite Biden’s consistent support for Israel. The president announced plans to give the country a $1 billion arms deal, days after threatening to cut off military supplies.

But Biden’s threats have been widely condemned by Republicans and some Democrats. The House of Representatives on Thursday passed a Republican-led bill to block the president from halting arms shipments to Israel by a vote of 224-187. The bill is not expected to pass the Senate.

In her speech, Stefanik made clear her support for former President Trump, marking an unusual departure from the American political tradition of not engaging in partisan politics abroad. She is a finalist to be President Trump’s running mate in November.

“That’s why I led the call for the White House to speak out against the corrupt ICC,” she continued in her prepared remarks, as she reportedly accused Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of war crimes. He referred to the International Criminal Court, which is said to be considering issuing an arrest warrant. “That’s why I have been a key supporter and partner of President Trump for years in his historic support for Israel’s independence and security.”

“Extremism in some corners of the ‘elite’ must not obscure the deep and abiding love of the American people for Israel,” Stefanik continued. “Most Americans feel a strong connection to their people. During this dark time, they opened up to you.”

The White House hit back at Stefanik’s attack Sunday, saying instead that Biden is Israel’s closest ally.

“Israel has no better friend than President Biden,” Press Secretary Andrew Bates said in a statement. “He was the first American president to visit Israel during wartime, in the aftermath of the horrific October 7 terrorist attacks. He was the first president to order the U.S. military to protect Israel from foreign attack.” To The Hill.

Bates also attacked Trump in his statement.

“As he has demonstrated, President Biden’s support for Israel’s security is ‘ironclad,'” he continued. “Unlike some right-wing figures, President Biden did not condemn the Israeli government in the days after October 7, nor did he praise terrorist organizations like Hezbollah. You won’t be lectured by someone who was silent on those offensive remarks. ”

Filip Timotija and Mychael Schnell contributed.

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