As pressure mounts, Biden reportedly remains unwilling to condition aid to Israel


US President Joe Biden speaks at Culver City Julian Dixon Library in Culver City, California, February 21, 2024. (Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP)

US officials tell NBC News that despite increasing pressure, US President Joe Biden remains unwilling to fundamentally shift his policy in support of Israel by placing conditions on military aid to Jerusalem.

Biden has privately expressed skepticism to some Democrats that withholding weaponry to Israel would be effective, arguing that while Jerusalem would like more security aid, it does not currently need it, NBC News reports, citing a source familiar with the matter.

The president has also expressed concerns that shifting from his support for Israel could risk alienating his Jewish supporters.

“You don’t want to send a mixed signal that they’re going to turn their backs on Israel,” one Democratic donor who heard the president’s private comments tells NBC News.

Unnamed officials tell the network that Biden is unlikely to shift his strategy — even after Thursday’s mass-casualty incident surrounding an aid convoy in north Gaza — as long as he thinks that a hostage deal is still possible.

Asked whether they have faith in Israel’s investigation into the incident, a source familiar with the matter tells NBC News that Washington didn’t have the ability to rely on much else, given its limited resources on the ground.

Other officials expressed doubt that Israel would provide a full account of what unfolded in Gaza City.

One US official says there is “no question” the incident will lead to an even more intense breakdown of trust between the parties negotiating a hostage deal, echoing Biden’s own comments on the matter.

Talks are now being conducted remotely after an extended period of in-person negotiations.

Biden campaign reportedly taking steps to thwart disruptions from pro-Palestinian protesters

FILE: US President Joe Biden meets with UAW members during a campaign stop, Feb. 1, 2024, in Warren, Michigan. (AP/Evan Vucci)

US President Joe Biden’s presidential re-election campaign has reportedly been taking steps to thwart disruptions from pro-Palestinian protesters in recent weeks.

The campaign is holding smaller events, withholding their exact location until the president’s arrival and avoiding events on college campuses, NBC News reports.

The effort has paid off with the past five weeks seeing no disruptions after Biden was interrupted repeatedly during a speech about abortion rights in Virginia.

“He’s better in small venues,” a Biden ally tells NBC News, citing retail politics as “where he thrives.”

“But the downside is that means he doesn’t reach as many voters,” the source adds. “The point is to reach as many voters as you can, and those small events don’t.”

The new campaign policy is being applied to the upcoming marquee fundraiser with Biden and former presidents Bill Clinton and Barack Obama. Organizers are weighing hiring a private firm to vet attendees, NBC News reports, citing three people familiar with the matter.

March 2, 2024 | 3 Comments »

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  1. The Obiden regime are afraid to send out mixed regarding their policy on Israel.
    One way to achieve that is to make sure Biden doesn’t get anywhere near a microphone or a camera.
    The next step is to make up their minds on the message. Tough if it’s the wrong message…
    Best would be to call for immediate elections.