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The Biden administration has faced criticism and accusations of changing its policy towards Israel after abstaining from voting against a U.N. cease-fire resolution. Israeli officials and critics argue that this decision marks a clear shift in policy, despite the White House’s insistence that it does not represent a change in their support for Israel. President Biden initially expressed unwavering support for Israel following a Hamas attack in Southern Israel, promising to stand by the country in dark and good days. However, as the conflict continued and casualties in Gaza mounted, reports indicated a potential strain in the relationship between Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu.

President Biden remained firm in his support for Israel despite growing international criticism of Israel’s actions in Gaza. As reports of collateral casualties rose and international opposition to Israel’s actions increased, Biden continued to praise Israel’s cooperation and commitment to an extended pause in the conflict. However, the deal between Israel and Hamas to release hostages quickly fell apart, leading to a resumption of fighting. Arab nations and some Western allies began to call Israel’s operation in Gaza a genocide, while protests against Israel spread even in countries that had previously been supportive. Biden showed signs of wavering in his unconditional support for Israel, acknowledging the impact of Israel’s indiscriminate bombing.

Reports indicated that Biden’s patience with Israel and Netanyahu had started to wear thin, leading to a period of limited communication between the two leaders. Anti-Israel protests, dwindling approval ratings, and uncommitted votes in Democratic Party primaries began to pressure Biden to take a stronger stance on the conflict. As Biden’s support for Israel started to diminish, he began pushing for increased humanitarian aid to Gaza and insisted that Israel do more to help the Palestinian people. A rift seemed to develop between Biden and Netanyahu over the handling of the conflict in Rafah, prompting Biden to demand a credible plan for ensuring the safety of those in the city.

The U.S. abstention from voting on the U.N. cease-fire resolution further strained the relationship between Biden and Netanyahu, with reports of apparent tension between the two leaders. Biden’s hot-mic moment remark about having a ‘come-to-Jesus meeting’ with Netanyahu highlighted the potential discord between the two allies. The situation added to the growing concerns over the Biden administration’s evolving approach to the conflict in the Middle East and its relationship with Israel. As tensions continued to escalate and international criticism of Israel’s actions persisted, Biden faced increasing pressure to address the situation and reassess the U.S. stance on the conflict in Gaza.

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