Not only do the Democrats have a big problem with pro-Palestinian supporters in Congress they have a huge problem with their own staffers.
According to a report from Politico mid and lower rank staffers at the State Department are furious with President Biden’s policy toward Israel.
A memo written by the staffers has been leaked, and they have issued demands.
State Department staffers offered a blistering critique of the Biden administration’s handling of the Israel-Hamas war in a dissent memo obtained by POLITICO, arguing that, among other things, the U.S. should be willing to publicly criticize the Israelis.
The message suggests a growing loss of confidence among U.S. diplomats in President Joe Biden’s approach to the Middle East crisis. It reflects the sentiments of many U.S. diplomats, especially at mid-level and lower ranks, according to conversations with several department staffers as well as other reports. If such internal disagreements intensify, it could make it harder for the Biden administration to craft policy toward the region.
The memo has two key requests: that the U.S. support a ceasefire, and that it balance its private and public messaging toward Israel, including airing criticisms of Israeli military tactics and treatment of Palestinians that the U.S. generally prefers to keep private.
Who would have thought the deep state would be giving Biden fits and it’s no wonder why Joe wants a “tactical pause.”
“The two leaders discussed the possibility of tactical pauses to provide civilians with opportunities to safely depart from areas of ongoing fighting, to ensure assistance is reaching civilians in need, and to enable potential hostage releases,” the White House said in a readout describing the call between Biden and Netanyahu.
The memo written by mid to lower rank staffers at the Department of State basically want to dictate how Israel will fight the war.
“We must publicly criticize Israel’s violations of international norms such as failure to limit offensive operations to legitimate military targets,” the message also states. “When Israel supports settler violence and illegal land seizures or employs excessive use of force against Palestinians, we must communicate publicly that this goes against our American values so that Israel does not act with impunity.”
Politico added that several dissent memos are going around, but it’s incredibly rare that they are leaked.
Biden has a hot mess of his own making.