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Former US officials claim that Israel’s Gaza policy has made America a target

Former Biden Officials Resign Over US Policy on Israel and Gaza War

Twelve Former Biden Officials Resign Over US Policy on Israel and Gaza War

In a bold move, twelve former officials from the Biden administration have resigned over the government’s policy on Israel and the Gaza war, citing concerns for US national security. They claim that the policies have not only destabilized the region but have also put a target on America’s back.

One of the twelve officials resigned just on Tuesday from the US Department of the Interior, adding weight to the collective statement made by the group. The US Department of State has denied these claims, pointing to its efforts to criticize civilian casualties in Gaza and provide humanitarian aid.

The joint statement by the former officials accuses the US of enabling the killings and forced starvation of Palestinians in Gaza by providing diplomatic cover and arms to Israel. This is not the first time such concerns have been raised, but the latest resignation from Maryam Hassanein, a special assistant at the US Department of the Interior, underscores the severity of the situation.

The former officials argue that the US government’s policy is a failure that has harmed not only the Palestinian people but also endangered Israelis, stifled free speech, and undermined US credibility internationally. They criticize ongoing weapons transfers to Israel despite its actions in Gaza, which they believe have further destabilized the Middle East.

Among the signatories of the statement are officials who oversaw Congressional relations on weapons transfers, as well as former White House and military personnel. The State Department has been approached for comment but has yet to respond to these allegations.

The Israeli military launched a campaign in response to an attack by Hamas on southern Israel in October 2023, resulting in a significant loss of life in Gaza. The ongoing conflict has claimed the lives of more than 37,900 people, according to the territory’s health ministry. This resignation by former officials highlights the complex and volatile situation in the region, with implications for US national security and international relations.

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