U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs urges Israel to “refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks” in now-deleted tweet
After it came out that Hamas had attacked Israel over the weekend in a surprise act of aggression, the U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs tweeted, then deleted a message urging Israel to not respond with violence of its own.
“We unequivocally condemn the attack of Hamas terrorists and the loss of life that occurred,” the now-deleted tweet read. “We urge all sides to refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks. Terror and violence solve nothing.”
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, a Republican, was so upset by this tweet that he called for whoever was responsible for it to be removed from government office immediately.
“This is disgraceful and every single person involved in drafting and approving this tweet should be immediately expelled from the U.S. government,” Cruz fumed.
Rep. Claudia Tenney, (R-N.Y.) tweeted a similar message of condemnation against the U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs over the now-deleted tweet.
“@USPalAffairs tweeted out that ‘all sides’ must refrain from violence,” Tenney wrote.
“We cannot conflate terrorists targeting Israeli civilians and our greatest ally in the region defending itself. Whomever wrote this tweet must be fired and the Biden administration must publicly denounce this shameful tweet. #StandWithIsrael.”
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On its website, the U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs published several other posts and notes, including a Security Alert explaining that the U.S. Embassy “is closely monitoring the security situation as a result of rockets fired from Gaza across southern and central Israel, including Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, and the infiltration of Hamas militants.”
“The U.S. Embassy is aware that there have been casualties as a result of these incidents,” the note further reads, further explaining that embassy personnel are now “sheltering in place.”
“U.S. citizens are reminded to remain vigilant and take appropriate steps to increase their security awareness as security incidents, including mortar and rocket fire, often take place without warning.”
Israeli-American businessman Adam Milstein made his voice heard on X as well in condemnation of the U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs for calling on Israel not to retaliate.
“Over 100 Israelis murdered, hundreds injured, in Hamas surprise onslaught terror attack on Israel on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot,” Milstein wrote. “But shocking and unacceptable request from the U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs calling on Israel to not respond and refrain from violence.”
Israeli Ambassador the U.S. Michael Herzog said much the same as Milstein, echoing the pro-war sentiments of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu who declared that “we are at war” following the Hamas attacks.
Like Milstein, Herzog focused on the fact that at the time of the attacks, Jews across the world were “celebrating a religious Jewish holiday,” this referring to the official final day of the Feast of Tabernacles, also known as Sukkot.
The Biden regime also issued a statement of its own that the U.S. “unequivocally condemns the unprovoked attacks by Hamas terrorists against Israeli civilians.” “The big guy” himself, Joe, also posted his own statement after speaking to Netanyahu directly following the attacks.
“I made clear to Prime Minister Netanyahu that we stand ready to offer all appropriate means of support to the Government and people of Israel,” “the big guy” said. “Terrorism is never justified.”
“Israel has a right to defend itself and its people. The United States warns against any other party hostile to Israel seeking advantage in this situation. My Administration’s support for Israel’s security is rock solid and unwavering.”
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