In a surprising turn of events, Vice President Harris’s spokesperson has denied reports that she urged President Biden to publicly express more concern for the civilians in Gaza amidst the ongoing conflict between Israel and Hamas.
According to Politico, Harris had privately discussed with White House colleagues, including President Biden, the need for the administration to show greater sensitivity to the humanitarian crisis unfolding in Gaza. Based on information from three anonymous sources familiar with Harris’s comments, the report highlighted her belief that the United States should take a more assertive stance towards Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and advocate more forcefully for a two-state solution.
However, Harris’s press secretary, Kirsten Allen, dismissed the report, emphasizing no difference of opinion between the President and Vice President. Allen urged caution regarding anonymous sources not privy to the private conversations between Biden and Harris.
This development comes in the wake of Vice President Harris’s recent visit to Dubai for a climate conference, where she met with Arab officials to discuss the ongoing Israel-Hamas conflict. During her visit, Harris expressed her concern for the innocent Palestinians who have been tragically affected by the violence in Gaza.
President Biden himself has also been increasingly vocal in cautioning Israel about the potential loss of public support for its fight against Hamas due to the civilian casualties resulting from what he refers to as “indiscriminate bombings.” While the White House has maintained its unwavering support for Israel following Hamas’s terrorist attacks, Biden and his team have consistently stressed the importance of Israel adhering to the laws of war and minimizing civilian casualties.
The conflicting reports surrounding Vice President Harris’s alleged push for increased public concern over the situation in Gaza have only added to the complexity of the ongoing conflict. As the crisis unfolds, it remains to be seen how the Biden administration will navigate its stance and work toward a sustainable resolution prioritizing peace and justice for all parties involved.