Biden is facing criticism from both Republicans and Democrats over the escalating violence between Israel and Palestine in the region that saw a Hamas rocket attack take aim at Jerusalem.
Lawmakers from vastly different ends of the political spectrum have taken aim at Biden and his administration over the growing violence in the region, calling out the president on the violence in the region — albeit for different reasons.
Sen. Bill Hagerty, R-Tenn., demanded the Biden administration “strongly condemn Hamas,” the Palestinian terror group that launched rockets at Jerusalem as the city was celebrating Jerusalem Day on Monday.
“The Biden Administration should strongly condemn Hamas and other terrorists that are exploiting tensions in Jerusalem to carry out rocket attacks against innocent civilians,” Hagerty tweeted. “The United States should unequivocally support Israel’s right to defend its citizens.”
House Armed Services Committee member Rep. Michael Waltz, R-Fla., bashed Biden as well, telling Fox News on Monday that the “actual actions” of the administration are “incredibly unhelpful” even though their talk “sounds good.”
“They’ve given away all leverage right up front, and we’re seeing this is a theme with the Biden administration in terms of handing out cash hoping it fixes the situation,” the congressman said. “So they’ve already agreed to give hundreds of millions of dollars without any conditions.”
Waltz noted that the Biden administration could have used the cash it gave away to leverage the Palestinian Authority to “denounce Hamas” or change school curriculums that paint Israel as “evil.”
“And, importantly, without changing the governing situation on the ground. There’s just endemic corruption within the Palestinian government that is a real disservice to is people,” he said. “Yet, American taxpayer dollars are going to flow back into that situation.”