Biden’s Office Of Palestinian Affairs Urges Israel Not To Defend Itself

In the aftermath of a terrorist attack on Israel, President Joe Biden’s Office of Palestinian Affairs posted on social media encouraging Israel not to defend itself — then deleted the tweet amid backlash.

Terrorist group Hamas launched a surprise attack on Israel over the weekend — killing and injuring hundreds of Israelis. More than 5,000 rockets were reportedly launched, and Hamas terrorists reportedly took several hostages during the attack. Many analysts have alleged that Iran had sponsored this attack.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu spoke out after the attack — explaining what had happened and declaring that Israel is “at war.”

“Citizens of Israel, we are at war, not in an operation or in rounds, but at war,” Netanyahu said in a video posted to social media. “This morning, Hamas launched a murderous surprise attack against the State of Israel and its citizens. We have been in this since the early morning hours. I convened the heads of the security establishment and ordered – first of all – to clear out the communities that have been infiltrated by terrorists. This is currently being carried out.”

“At the same time, I have ordered an extensive mobilization of reserves and that we return fire of a magnitude that the enemy has not known,” he added. “The enemy will pay an unprecedented price. In the meantime, I call on the citizens of Israel to strictly adhere to the directives of the IDF and Home Front Command. We are at war and we will win it.”

While Israel has mobilized their defense forces, the U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs claimed that the victims of these terrorists should not defend themselves.

“We unequivocally condemn the attack of Hamas terrorists and the loss of life that incurred. We urge all sides to refrain from violence and retaliatory attacks. Terror and violence solve nothing,” the post on X, formerly known as Twitter, read.

The post was quickly deleted, but not before facing major backlash from critics — who have demanded that the individuals who wrote the post be fired.

“This is disgraceful and every single person involved in drafting and approving this tweet should be immediately expelled from the U.S. government,” wrote Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX).

“@USPalAffairs tweeted out that ‘all sides’ must refrain from violence. We cannot conflate terrorists targeting Israeli civilians and our greatest ally in the region defending itself. Whomever wrote this tweet must be fired and the Biden administration must publicly denounce this shameful tweet,” Rep. Claudia Tenney (R-NY) wrote, adding the hashtag “#StandWithIsrael.”

“Over 100 Israelis murdered, hundreds injured, in Hamas surprise onslaught terror attack on Israel on the Jewish holiday of Sukkot. But a shocking and unacceptable request from the U.S. Office of Palestinian Affairs calling on Israel to not respond and refrain from violence,” wrote philanthropist Adam Milstein.