Biden Says Campus Protests Will Have Zero Impact On Israel Policy
US President Joe Biden (L), sits with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, at the start of the Israeli war cabinet meeting, in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (Photo by MIRIAM ALSTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

President Joe Biden, after finally delivering brief remarks on Thursday addressing the anti-Israel protests running rampant across college campuses, told reporters that those protests would have no impact on his administration’s Israel policy.

While Biden did not specifically grant a question-and-answer session following his comments, he did answer two questions that were shouted at him as he prepared to leave the room.


“Mr. President, have the protests forced you to reconsider any of the policies with regard to the region?” one reporter asked.

Biden responded with one word: “No.”

He then thanked reporters and stepped away from the lectern, turning his back as reporters continued to call after him. “Mr. President, do you think the National Guard should intervene?” another asked.

Biden, without turning back to face the gathered reporters, simply repeated, “No,” and kept walking.

With the 2024 presidential campaign ramping up, Biden’s administration has had to walk a fine line as the Democratic Party is split on support for Israel.

While repeatedly promising Israel that American support “will not waver” in the wake of the horrific and unprovoked Hamas terror attacks that took place on October 7, Biden has also repeatedly called on the Israeli government to exercise more restraint in the ongoing war against Hamas in Gaza.


Biden’s Thursday remarks, aimed at quelling destructive and sometimes violent pro-Palestinian protests on college campuses across the country, called out some of the illegal actions — such as vandalism and destruction of property — taken by protesters but stopped short of condemning the anti-Israel sentiment that has driven them from the start.

“There should be no place on any campus, no place in America for anti-Semitism or threats of violence against Jewish students. There is no place for hate speech or violence of any kind, whether it’s anti-Semitism, Islamophobia, or discrimination against Arab Americans, or Palestinian Americans!” Biden said, giving equal consideration to anti-semitism and islamophobia. “It’s simply wrong. There’s no place for racism in America. It’s all wrong. It’s un-American.”

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