President Biden has publicly voiced support for a humanitarian pause to Israel’s assault in Gaza for the first time. Biden’s comment came during a campaign fundraiser in Minneapolis after a local rabbi named Jessica Rosenberg of Jewish Voice for Peace interrupted his speech to donors.
Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg: “Mr. President, if you care about Jewish people, as a rabbi, I need you to call for a ceasefire right now.”
Donors: “Shhh! No! Ssss! Sit down! Sit down! Get out!”
Moments later, in an exchange with the rabbi, President Biden said he supported a pause to the fighting.
Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg: “A pause?”
President Joe Biden: “Yes, a pause.”
Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg: “What is a pause?”
President Joe Biden: “A pause means it gives time to get the prisoners out.”
Rabbi Jessica Rosenberg: “Yes please, do something!”
Biden did not meet with any Muslim leaders during his visit to Minneapolis. Instead, the Minnesota chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations held a peaceful protest demanding an immediate ceasefire. This week a poll by the Arab American Institute showed support for Biden among Arab Americans has cratered, down from 59% three years ago to just 17% in October.