February 21, 2024

Biden ‘Not a Strong Supporter of Israel’

Representative Claudia Tenney (R-NY) of New York’s 24th congressional district said that President Joe Biden is “not a strong supporter of Israel” because of his hostility to Israel’s democratically elected government.

Tenney spoke to Breitbart News Sunday before a visit on Wednesday from Israel’s ceremonial president, Isaac Herzog, who will address a special joint session of Congress. President Biden also invited Herzog to visit the White House – a courtesy he still has for Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, despite Netanyahu being elected last year, and Biden quickly invited his two predecessors to visit .

Breitbart News senior editor Joel B. Pollak asked Tenney about the perception that President Biden was trying to divide Israelis, and support Israeli opposition to Netanyahu and his governing coalition.

She said:

“It’s very similar to what the Obama administration did. You know, the Obama administration – talking about meddling in elections – meddling to try to make sure Netanyahu wouldn’t even be elected. … Biden is doing the same thing. And by inviting the president to the ceremony, he is skipping out on the man who is actually running a coalition government … Prime Minister Netanyahu should be the one to be invited.”

She said Biden’s approach showed “a lack of faith in Israel, and a lack of support for our most important ally in the Middle East.” She called Biden’s complaints about Netanyahu’s judicial reforms a “fake complaint,” noting that Israel’s judiciary is extremely powerful, and that Netanyahu’s reforms were actually democratic.

“I think the reforms would be fairer for everyone in Israel,” she said, speculating that Biden was influenced by members of the Obama administration, many of whom are also running foreign policy in the Biden administration.

She said that America’s enemies, like Iran, were “emboldened” when the US did not stand up to its allies.

The White House said Monday that Biden and Netanyahu spoke by phone, and agreed to meet sometime before the end of the year, although it was unclear where that meeting would take place in the future.

Joel B. Pollak is a Senior Editor at Large at Breitbart News and the host of Breitbart News Sunday on Sirius XM Patriot Sunday evenings from 7 pm to 10 pm ET (4 pm to 7 pm PT). He is the author of the recent e-book, Neither Free nor Fair: The 2020 US Presidential Election. His recent book, RED NOVEMBER, tells the story of the 2020 Democratic presidential primary from a conservative perspective. He is the winner of the 2018 Robert Novak Journalism Alumni Fellowship. Follow him on Twitter at @joelpolak.

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