President Biden Says Israel’s Bombing and Shelling of Gaza Not a “Significant Overreaction”

HeadlineMay 14, 2021

President Joe Biden on Thursday reiterated his support for Israel’s military campaign in Gaza, shrugging off concerns over the mounting Palestinian death toll.

President Joe Biden: “And one of the things that I have seen thus far is that there has not been a significant overreaction.”

Biden did not mention Palestine or Palestinians during Thursday’s remarks from the White House. The Biden administration has blocked the U.N. Security Council from holding a meeting today on the crisis — after twice blocking Security Council statements earlier this week.

On Capitol Hill, progressive lawmakers took to the House floor Thursday urging the Biden administration to pressure Israel into ending the eviction of Palestinians from their homes in occupied East Jerusalem and the West Bank and to end the assault on Gaza. After headlines, we’ll hear the full speech of Rashida Tlaib, the first Palestinian American woman elected to Congress.

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