If you’re sending Israel the weapons it’s using to massacre people, you’re not really trying to stop the massacres. Obviously.

by Jack Mirkinson, Discourse Blog

Over the past few days, the U.S. government has appeared particularly eager to be seen publicly telling Israel to stop killing so many Palestinian civilians.

On Saturday, for instance, Vice President Kamala Harris said in a speech at the COP 28 climate change summit in Dubai, “The United States is unequivocal: International humanitarian law must be respected. Too many innocent Palestinians have been killed. Frankly, the scale of civilian suffering and the images and videos coming from Gaza are devastating.”

kamala harris in front of pentagon signage

That same day, Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin said that he had “repeatedly made clear to Israel’s leaders that protecting Palestinian civilians in Gaza is both a moral responsibility and strategic imperative.”

The White House is keen to let the press know that this is going on in private as well; CNN reported last week that administration officials, including President Joe Biden, are telling Israel “they do not want to see the IDF resume the kinds of air strikes from earlier in the war that led to massive casualties and widespread destruction.”

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