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NYC’s ‘Squad’ members hail Biden’s Israel weapons pause, say ‘protesting is working’

New York City Democrats have been largely quiet Thursday after President Biden introduced he was pausing some navy support for Israel to discourage an offensive towards Hamas-held Rafah — with members of the left-wing “Squad” of House members brazenly celebrating and lots of others saying nothing publicly.

“Protesting is working. Keep fighting for a #CeasefireNow,” tweeted Bronx and Westchester Rep. Jamaal Bowman, who has been an outspoken supporter of anti-Israel protesters at Columbia University and elsewhere

Bronx and Queens Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez additionally celebrated Biden telling CNN “I’m not supplying the weapons” for an offensive on Hamas’ remaining main stronghold within the Gaza Strip.

“Biden has not ‘lost his mind.’ He is upholding the word of the US,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on X after Biden confirmed that the US is withholding shipments of two,000-pound precision bombs and contemplating a pause on artillery shells.

“There are 1.3 million people in Rafah. You do not need to slaughter them to go after Hamas. Biden stated the US red line was Rafah. It would make us weaker [and] the world less safe to let [Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu], or anyone, cross it,” she wrote.

Brooklyn Rep. Nydia Velazquez posted on X: “An invasion of Rafah would exacerbate the humanitarian crisis in Gaza and endanger the lives of the over 1 million Palestinians that have sought refuge there. [Biden] is right to make this decision.”

South Bronx Rep. Ritchie Torres was one of many few dissenters within the Gotham delegation.

“As the leader of the free world, America cannot claim that its commitment to Israel is ‘iron-clad’ and then proceed to withhold aid from Israel,” Torres wrote. “The mixed messaging makes a mockery of our credibility as an ally. No one will take our word seriously.”

Nassau County and Queens Rep. Tom Suozzi, issued an equivocating assertion on X that learn: “I urge the Biden Administration to resolve any differences with our ally Israel regarding arms shipments immediately.”

New York City has extra Jewish residents than another metropolis on this planet — with an estimated 1.9 million within the metropolitan space — and has among the strongest House members, although these with essentially the most affect have been publicly silent.

Among these withholding instant remark have been House Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries (D-Brooklyn) and rating member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee Gregory Meeks (D-Queens).

Both Democratic Reps. Dan Goldman, who serves components of Lower Manhattan and brownstone Brooklyn, and Jerry Nadler, of higher Manhattan, hadn’t posted something on social media or their official web sites as of noon Thursday and their spokesmen didn’t reply to emails in search of remark.

One Democratic supply instructed The Post that many members of Congress have been ready for formal intelligence briefings earlier than staking out a place — although some pro-Israel Democratic insiders bristled at what they seen as inadequate pushback towards Biden’s place.

It additionally was not instantly clear the place Reps. Grace Meng of Queens, Yvette Clarke of Brooklyn and Adriano Espaillat of the Bronx and Manhattan stood on the matter.

New York City’s sole Republican member of Congress, Staten Island Rep. Nicole Malliotakis, denounced Biden’s pivot.

“In an overwhelmingly bipartisan vote, Congress authorized sending aid to our dear ally Israel, and it’s not up to President Biden under what conditions that aid is sent,” Malliotakis mentioned in a press release.

“He needs to stop playing politics and appeasing the radicals in his party who are siding with Iran and Hamas.”

Long Island Republican Reps. Anthony D’Esposito, Andrew Garbarino and Nick LaLota additionally slammed Biden, as did Republican Mike Lawler, whose district contains a part of the Hudson Valley.

Garbarino mentioned Biden “is emboldening Hamas while undermining Israel as it seeks the release of the hostages.”

“Biden’s decision, driven by political motives to placate his disenchanted progressive base and secure electoral votes in Michigan, is in stark contradiction to his previous commitments of support for Israel, particularly following the terrorist attacks on October 7th,” LaLota added.

“This is a complete betrayal,” Lawler mentioned. “President Biden has fully abdicated his responsibility as commander-in-chief and the United States’ role as Israel’s closest ally with his outrageous decision…

“To vilify Israel and withhold necessary assistance while they fight against Hamas, Iranian proxies, and Iran itself is insane. And to do so based on purely political reasons? It’s heinous.”

“This is war, [Biden]. Grow a backbone,” tweeted D’Esposito, who adopted up with a Thurdsay letter to the president that learn, partially: “I look forward to you reversing course.”

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY), who has advocated heavy US navy support to Israel whereas additionally sharply criticizing Netanyahu, additionally didn’t instantly remark, nor did Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand. 

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