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Biden Compares Russia to Hamas: A Diplomatic Carnival Amid Tragedy

As the world reels from the tragedy of the October 7th attack, world leaders have been in a flurry of activity. Western leaders, including German Chancellor Olaf Schulz, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak, and US President Joe Biden, have all visited Israel to meet with Netanyahu. French President Emanuel Macron is reportedly next in line. This diplomatic carnival, however, raises the question: what has it achieved beyond showing solidarity?



Biden’s Cut-Short Trip

Biden had to cut his trip short. Initially, he was supposed to meet both Netanyahu and Arab leaders – Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Egyptian President Abdel Fattah el-Sisi, and Jordan’s King Abdullah II. However, all these meetings were called off.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas stated:

“In the face of this tragedy that occurred tonight and in order to protect our people I have decided to cut short my visit and return to my homeland to be among my people in this great ordeal. I’ve also agreed with the brothers in Jordan and Egypt to cancel the scheduled Summit in Aman today with US President Joe Biden. Numerous International decisions have been taken to protect our people but they have not been implemented because America does not want to enforce them.”


Abbas was referring to the blast at the Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza. The attack scuppered any chances of talks – no Arab leader would be caught dead talking to Biden after that.

Biden’s Controversial Statement

Upon returning home, Biden made a controversial statement:

“Hamas and Putin represent different threats but they share this in common – they both want to completely annihilate a neighboring democracy. Hamas’ stated purpose for existing is the destruction of the state of Israel and the murder of Jewish people. Hamas does not represent the Palestinian people. Hamas uses Palestinian civilians as human shields and innocent Palestinian families are suffering greatly because of them. Meanwhile, Putin denies Ukraine has or ever had real statehood. American leadership is what holds the world together. That’s why tomorrow I’m going to send to Congress an urgent budget request to fund America’s national security needs to support our critical Partners including Israel and Ukraine.”

Biden compared what’s happening in Israel to Russia and Ukraine as a way of asking for about $100 billion from the US Congress for security. However, if he gets it, this colossal amount is likely going to be spent on war machines.

The Aftermath

The US is going to keep villainizing Russia, refusing to work with Moscow even for common interests like protecting the Palestinians. All this money is likely going into conflict – not peace, not diplomacy, but weapons. So what has Biden’s trip to Israel really achieved? Not de-escalation, not diffusing the threat of a wider conflict, not even aid yet.

Now UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak is trying his luck by meeting Egyptian President Abdul Fattah el-Sisi today. This is an attempt to get aid going from Egypt into Gaza. While we like to believe that it’s all a noble effort, it also reeks of opportunism.

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Western leaders are playing to domestic galleries, pretending to be strong men on the front lines but unable to deliver more than a few trucks full of food. They’ll spend public funds on arms packages but they won’t sit at the table to find a long-term solution like with the United Nations yesterday. Where is the room for diplomacy? We are steadily heading back to a world where might makes right.

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