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Biden’s Bold ‘Zionist’ Declaration Sparks Both Fierce Backlash As Well As Support

President Joe Biden’s recent affirmation of his Zionist stance during a White House Hanukkah reception has ignited a mix of criticism and support. His commitment to supporting Israel in its conflict with Hamas and addressing the global surge of antisemitism has become a topic of intense debate.

The Hanukkah Reception at the White House

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Biden hosted a reception for 800 people to celebrate Hanukkah, highlighting the Jewish festival’s significance.

Biden’s Pledge to Support Israel

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During the event, Biden reaffirmed his support for Israel amidst its ongoing conflict with Hamas.

The Surge of Antisemitism

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Biden addressed the alarming increase in antisemitic incidents globally, calling it “sickening.”

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The October 7 Hamas Attack

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Biden’s comments come in the context of Hamas’s surprise attack on Israel, leading to escalated tensions and violence.

Biden’s Zionist Declaration

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Biden declared himself a Zionist, emphasizing that one need not be Jewish to support Israel’s cause. He said, “You don’t have to be a Jew to be a Zionist, and I’m a Zionist.”

Zionism

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The Merriem Webster Dictionary defines Zionism as “an international movement originally for the establishment of a Jewish national or religious community in Palestine and later for the support of modern Israel”

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Mixed Reactions to Biden’s Statement

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The president’s declaration was met with cheers in the room but sparked disagreement on social media platforms like X (formerly Twitter).

Social Media’s Divided Response

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Online reactions ranged from criticism of Biden’s open Zionist stance to expressions of pride and support.

While one X user said, “A United States president openly declared he is a Zionist publicly is baffling to me.”, another said “So am I, Mr. President and proud of it too.”

Biden’s Stance on Israel’s Policies

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While accepting that he did not always agree with Israel’s policies, Biden added: “Were there no Israel, there would not be a Jew in the world who is safe.”

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U.S. Military Assistance to Israel

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Biden mentioned the continuation of military assistance to Israel, highlighting the delicate balance of global public opinion.

The U.S. as Israel’s Ally

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The U.S. has historically supported Israel, with Biden proposing significant aid and weapons support following the Hamas attack.

White House Interns’ Call for Ceasefire

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Over 40 White House interns urged Biden to support a ceasefire, expressing concern over his approach to the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Public Opinion on Biden’s Approach

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A recent poll shows increasing approval among Democrats for Biden’s handling of the Israel-Gaza conflict.

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