On October 8, 2023, Secretary of State Antony, “I like to play the guitar” Blinken deleted a post after he said he called for a ceasefire between Hamas and Israel.
It was the second post deleted by the Biden administration wishing for a ceasefire between the two after the terrorist massacre took place.
“Turkish Foreign Minister [Hakan Fidan] and I spoke further on Hamas’ terrorist attacks on Israel. I encouraged Tükiye’s advocacy for a cease-fire and the release of all hostages held by Hamas immediately,” Blinken said in the now-deleted post on Sunday.
The post received blowback.
The Biden administration has now deleted two separate posts calling for Israel to stand down to Hamas terrorists pic.twitter.com/tdpeE66FSI
— RNC Research (@RNCResearch) October 9, 2023
It was in contrast to an earlier post that Blinken had made claiming Fidan “discussed Hamas’ attacks on Israel. Israel has the right to defend itself, rescue any hostages, and protect its citizens.”
A second post tied to the State Department was also deleted after it drew immediate controversy.
“We unequivocally condemn the attack of Hamas terrorists and the loss of life that has incurred. We urge all sides to refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks. Terror and violence solve nothing,” the now-deleted post said.
The death toll keeps climbing and it has now reached 1,300 (as of the writing of this post) and thousands have been wounded.
In a social media post Biden said he called Netanyahu “to express my full support for the people of Israel in the face of an unprecedented and appalling assault by Hamas terrorists.” Biden also said they would “remain in close contact over the coming days” and declared the United States “will continue to stand with the people of Israel.”
Republican Senator Ted Cruz ripped into the Biden administration.
“Instead, this weekend the State Department repeatedly posted statements and summaries calling for premature ceasefires and for Israel to stand down, while other times Biden administration officials said they were not pressuring Israel,” Cruz said. “This ambiguity badly undermines our ally’s campaign against the Iran-controlled terrorists in the Gaza Strip, endangering the safety and security of Israelis and Americans.”