Biden indicts himself

President Biden chose to revise and extend his mealymouthed comments on anti-Semitism with a 1600-word speech at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum’s Annual Days of Remembrance Ceremony yesterday. The White House has posted the text of his remarks here.

The speech seems to me late and wanting. Revisiting the history of the Holocaust, Biden referred to “the perils of indifference, the complicity of silence in the face of evil that they knew was happening.” He did not identify who “they” were. To adapt the old joke about the Lone Ranger and Tonto, what you mean “they,” Kemo Sabe?

Biden comes to the return of Hitler’s project with the Hamas’s 10/7 attack and the supporters of Hamas on American college campuses:

We’ve seen a ferocious surge of antisemitism in America and around the world: vicious propaganda on social media, Jews forced to keep their — hide their kippahs under baseball hats, tuck their Jewish stars into their shirts.

On college campuses, Jewish students blocked, harassed, attacked while walking to class.

Antisemitism — antisemitic posters, slogans calling for the annihilation of Israel, the world’s only Jewish State.

Too many people denying, downplaying, rationalizing, ignoring the horrors of the Holocaust and October 7th, including Hamas’s appalling use of sexual violence to torture and terrorize Jews.

It’s absolutely despicable, and it must stop.

If you have been paying attention you might find Biden himself “downplaying” the eruption of support for Hamas and its works in the heart of his party and in Democratic strongholds around the United States. Again, Biden does not identify the people “denying, downplaying, [and] ignoring the horrors.” Despite the worthy sentiments expressed, this seems to me a telling omission. One may infer that at best Biden is jumping through a hoop.

Indeed, Biden is working to preserve the Islamic heirs of the Nazi project in Rafah. He is working to undermine the efforts of the Jewish state to preserve itself from its mortal enemies. In a midnight story Steven Erlanger reports in the New York Times that Biden administration is “pushing [Israel] to agree on a cease-fire, and skip Rafah and the potential civilian casualties a large-scale operation would cause.” Biden seeks to pressure Israel to conform by withholding shipments of precision-guided missiles to the IDF.

Jonathan Tobin considers the contradictions between Biden’s words and action in his JNS column “Biden’s double game on Hamas should fool no one.” Tobin observes:

[O]nce the IDF had backed Hamas into the last enclave it held in Gaza, Biden stopped talking out of both sides of his mouth and made it clear that he opposed Israel going into Rafah and destroying the last operational Hamas military forces that had retreated there.

He’s gone to great lengths and expense to support humanitarian aid for civilians in Hamas-held portions of the Strip and blamed Israel for interrupting the flow of supplies there, including the building of a U.S. floating harbor to assist in the distribution of food and fuel. That has happened even though it’s long been obvious that if there is any real privation there, it is solely because Hamas is stealing the aid that arrives and reserving it for its own use.

Just as troubling, he’s put the full force of American influence behind an effort to broker a ceasefire deal with Hamas that will essentially hand the terror group a victory in the war it started.

The terms of the proposed deals that Washington has backed are appalling. They call for the release of some hostages, but only a percentage of those Hamas is still holding under who knows what horrible conditions. And the pressure that Washington has exerted on Netanyahu to take a deal on virtually any terms and conditions—along with the way it has coordinated this with Hamas’s ally, Qatar—has given the terrorists all the leverage. That’s why Hamas continues to turn down even the most lopsided of agreements; its leaders are convinced that Biden will not let them be defeated. That means they think they can hold out for a deal that will end the war and return the situation to the pre-Oct. 7 status quo in Gaza and still not give up all the hostages, let alone be held accountable for mass murder.

Tobin reasonably concludes that Biden’s actions speak louder than his words. I would add that his words seek to provide cover for his actions. In short, Biden’s condemnation of those who downplayed evil in the face of what “they” knew was happening indicts himself.

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