Karine Jean Pierre, White House Press Secretary, slammed on Tuesday statements made by members of Congress who said that the Hamas attacks on Israel should be viewed in context with past actions taken by Israel. (Watch the video below. )
“There are not two sides here,” she admonished.Prompted by a reporter to address the lawmakers who opposed U.S. military aid for Israel on social media and called for an immediate cease-fire in the conflict, the press secretary pulled no punches.
“I’ve seen some of those statements this weekend,” she said. “We’re going to continue to be very clear: We believe they are wrong, we believe they’re repugnant, and we believe they’re disgraceful.
“Our condemnation belongs squarely with terrorists who have brutally murdered, raped, kidnapped hundreds — hundreds of Israelis. It is clear that there are no two sides. There are not two sides here.”
is taking action to provide additional support to ensure that Israel … has what they need to defend themselves,” Jean-Pierre added.
On Saturday, Hamas militants in Gaza launched a surprise attack on Israel that killed hundreds of the country’s soldiers and civilians, triggering a war that has taken at least 2,300 lives so far on both sides, The Associated Press reported. As Israel retaliates, Gaza’s humanitarian crisis continues to deepen.[President Joe Biden]Though Jean-Pierre mentioned no names in the press briefing exchange, a few House members have made headlines for expressing opposing views.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib, the only Palestinian American in Congress and Rep. Cori bush (D) (Mo. ), have made headlines for expressing opposing views. They denounced Israel’s apartheid policies towards Palestinians, and suggested that the U.S. reduce funding for the country. They received a scathing rebuke from Rep. Ritchie Torres (D-N.Y.).
Rep. Ilhan Omar, a member of the “squad,” of progressive Democratic legislators, proposed that the U.S.