Biden Apologizes to Muslim Leaders
President Biden has issued a public apology to several prominent Muslim-American leaders after making controversial comments about the accuracy of the reported death toll in Gaza. During a press conference on October 25th, Biden openly questioned the number of casualties in Gaza, which are reported by the Hamas government.
“I have no notion that the Palestinians are telling the truth about how many people are killed,” Biden stated. “I’m sure innocents have been killed, and it’s a price of waging war.” These comments sparked outrage and backlash from Muslim-American leaders who felt that Biden was not showing empathy towards the Palestinian people.
In response to the criticism, President Biden met with five Muslim-American leaders the day after his comments were made. During the meeting, the leaders shared personal stories of people they knew who were directly impacted by the conflict in the Middle East. It was reported that Biden listened attentively and showed remorse for his comments.
“I’m sorry. I’m disappointed in myself,” Biden reportedly told the group, according to the Washington Post. He also allegedly hugged one of the participants at the end of the meeting.
The Muslim-American leaders urged Biden to show more empathy towards the Palestinian people and to consider the human toll of the conflict. They also highlighted the need for humanitarian aid and the release of hostages held by Hamas.
‘I’m Disappointed in Myself’ – Biden Issues Groveling Apology to Muslims in Private Meeting.
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According to data from the Hamas-controlled Ministry of Health, more than 14,000 Palestinians in Gaza, including many women and children, have been killed in the weeks-old conflict. In contrast, Israel has reported over 1,200 fatalities, mostly civilians, as a result of a surprise attack by Hamas on October 7th.
The controversy surrounding Biden’s comments and his response to the conflict in Gaza has sparked criticism and pressure from his own administration and the public. Some prominent Democrats have also publicly disagreed with the president’s approach, calling for more action and support for the Palestinian people.
While Biden has endorsed U.S. support for Israel, he has also called for a pause in the fighting to allow for humanitarian aid to reach the people of Gaza and for the release of hostages held by Hamas. “For weeks, I’ve been advocating to pause the fighting for two purposes: to increase the assistance getting into the Gaza civilians who need help and to facilitate release of hostages,” Biden said during a recent press conference. “We know that innocent children in Gaza are suffering greatly as well.”
In a positive development, a temporary ceasefire has been agreed upon by Hamas and Israel, scheduled to last for four days. As part of the ceasefire, a prisoner-for-hostage deal will take place, with roughly 50 hostages to be released in exchange for a temporary peace and the release of dozens of Palestinian prisoners.
As the situation in Gaza remains tense, it is clear that President Biden’s comments have sparked a deeper conversation and reevaluation of the US’s role in the conflict. It is hoped that through open dialogue and empathy towards all affected parties, a lasting peace can be achieved. President Biden’s apology to the Muslim-American leaders is a step towards healing and finding a resolution to this ongoing conflict.