Joe Biden also meets with Democratic lawmaker Rashida Tlaib, one of the most vocal critics of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, as he pressures his party to do more to end the conflict.
Tlaib, a Palestinian American who has been identified as one of the six “strong” Democratic factions of the ruling Democratic Party, including Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, has urged Biden’s administration to take action to end the conflict. He also accused Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of committing war crimes and of violating international law.
The White House has named Tlaib among those who greeted Biden on Tuesday after arriving in Michigan – the home of the American Arab Americans – to visit Ford’s automobile factory. Tlaib represents a district in the state that includes the city of Detroit.
The pair spoke “for a few minutes”, according to a media report.
On Monday he said Washington was “in control” from Netanyahu and said the US president should criticize the Israeli military’s actions on MSNBC radio.
“The American people are brave and. . . “Enough, President Biden,” Tlaib said, while criticizing Biden for helping Israel. “You are not doing this on our watch. You have to speak out against these atrocities that make Netanyahu and his leadership accountable.
“Surprisingly, it is our deception to say that we need to be human rights stewards, with the exception of Palestine,” he added.
Tlaib is one of the leaders who want the US to provide aid to Israel based on its support for the Palestinians, which Biden has repeatedly denied.
The U.S., whose aid is assisted by Israeli forces, has been talking to its counterparts to address the crisis, but has repeatedly blocked efforts by UN Security Council members to speak out against the violence and called for a ceasefire in the first week of violence.
In recent days progressive Democrats are pro-Israel condemned the Israeli military, including a bomb blast at a Gaza residence house occupied by international journalists. Israel says Hamas pulled out of the building, which they said did not agree with public evidence.
Biden said Israel had a right to self-defense, and had spoken to Netanyahu three times since the violence between Hamas, the Islamist Palestinian militant group, and the Jewish state. In a recent statement Monday, Biden he showed his support first stop for the first time. Israel committed atrocities in the Gaza Strip just hours after the two leaders spoke.
The Israeli attack has killed 213 Palestinians, including 61 children and 36 women, since Tuesday, according to the Gaza Health Ministry. Israeli military officials say 130 of the dead were Hamas fighters, and Gazan says in a statement that almost half of the dead were women and children. Israelis say 10 people have been killed in Hamas attacks, including two children.