The political pundits of MSNBC’s Morning Joe began their show on Thursday by boldly declaring that Republicans’ refusal to provide aid to Ukraine effectively puts them on the same side as Russian President Vladimir Putin. Still, just an hour later, they took a stance that aligns them with Hamas as they demanded President Joe Biden bypass Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and undermine Israel’s war efforts.
In response to reports that Israel is establishing a buffer zone inside Gaza, Politico White House Bureau Chief Jonathan Lemire asked Richard Haass, the President Emeritus of the Council of Foreign Relations, if it was time for the United States to impose conditions on aid to Israel. While Haass didn’t directly say yes, it was clear that he sympathized with the idea. He stated, “This is another instance where the United States is vocalizing its position, only to be rejected. It not only makes us seem weak, but it’s also quite frankly, not a good look, as we are losing our narrative. We have been so unconditionally supportive that it comes across as a mistake to many, especially those who were supportive of Israel on October 7th and appreciate the U.S.’s support.”
Haass then presented three potential courses of action for the U.S. to take. The first suggestion was, as Lemire initially stated, to impose requirements on the assistance provided to Israel. This could include restrictions on certain kinds of weaponry or limitations on their use against certain targets, such as the buffer zone the Israelis are building inside Palestinian territory.
The second suggestion Haass proposed was for the U.S. to pull out of its pro-Israel stand at the United Nations, saying, “Alternatively, instead of either abstaining or vetoing resolutions, why don’t we introduce our own resolution that highly critical of Israel?”
Lastly, Haass suggested that if Netanyahu were replaced, things would be dramatically different. However, MSNBC were the tables were turned, they would be crying foul about foreign tampering. Haass said, “Most importantly, the President has to come to terms with the fact that Bibi Netanyahu is not a partner. Netanyahu’s agenda is to further himself, not the best interests of Israel, nor the United States. By ignoring the U.S.’s interests, Haass maintains, Netanyahu has also demonstrated that his continued leadership is not in Israel’s best interests.”
Haass stated that replacing Netanyahu with Biden would be most beneficial as the Biden’s approval ratings in Israel surpass Netanyahu’s. Haass said, “Joe Biden is far more accepted in Israel than Netanyahu is. This gives Biden an incredible opportunity to shape discussions about what will ultimately be another Israeli election.”
While co-host Joe Scarborough agreed with Haass that Netanyahu holds full responsibility for why critics find it acceptable to let Hamas off scot-free, he was more blunt in the way he put it. Joe Scarborough said, “The dilemma is that Netanyahu has done all that he can to squander the goodwill the world, not just the United States, has had towards Israel. Joe Biden may hold pro-Israel views unlike his predecessors presidents, but it is Netanyahu’s actions that are the problem.
He had information that Hamas was plotting this military attack an entire year ago, and he let Qatar continue to fund Hamas. And if Hamas could just keep up this agenda, they will receive billions of dollars from Qatar each year. As recently as September, Netanyahu supported the donations toward Hamas. You see, there is no evidence that Netanyahu or anyone else working in Israel’s national security was aware of Hamas’ plan.