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Biden Apologizes for Not Believing Hamas Propaganda

Posted on Thursday, November 30, 2023
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AMAC Exclusive – By David Lewis Schaefer

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As the Israel-Hamas conflict enters a fragile temporary ceasefire, Democrats in the United States appear headed for a full-scale intraparty war over U.S. support for Israel.

Amid these rising tensions, President Joe Biden and his campaign team are reportedly deeply concerned about alienating Muslim and anti-Israel voters ahead of next year’s election. But in Biden’s rush to appease these disaffected Democrats, he may be playing right into Hamas’s hands and alienating the rest of the country in the process.

A prime example of this came late last month when Biden issued an apology to several Muslim-American leaders for having offended them the previous day by questioning the death toll reported by the Hamas-controlled Gaza Ministry of Health Affairs.

On October 25, Biden had held a press conference where he said, “I have no notion that the Palestinians are telling the truth about how many people are killed.” The comment outraged the Muslim-American leaders who were set to meet with Biden the next day at a meeting which reportedly lasted more than twice its scheduled half-hour length.

“Biden heard the leaders describe individuals they knew who were personally affected by the conflict,” the New York Post reported. In response, according to the Washington Post, he told the Muslim group, “I’m sorry. I’m disappointed in myself.” He further vowed to “do better” in the future.

Of all the things to apologize for! Biden notably did not cite any new reports supporting the accuracy of Hamas’s claims.

Hamas is widely known for its expertise in propaganda, issuing many false claims about Israeli behavior in the years leading up to the massacre, as well as since it began. Acknowledging the barbarity of Hamas’ attack, tech entrepreneur Elon Musk, owner of X (formerly Twitter), recently remarked that one challenge facing the world was “stopping the propaganda that is convincing people to engage in murder.”

For instance, Hamas leaders have denied that their forces were responsible for the most extreme atrocities committed on October 7 – decapitating babies, torturing ordinary Israelis, killing children in front of their parents (and vice versa), raping women young and old – attributing the atrocities to angry Gazan civilians. But that denial was immediately refuted by film footage which shows uniformed Hamas fighters engaging in just such behavior.

Another egregious example of phony Hamas propaganda was the claim that Israel had killed hundreds of patients and staff by bombing the al-Ahli Hospital in Gaza, a claim repeated as fact in the New York Times, Reuters, and the Associated Press.

An immediate investigation by Israel uncovered video footage indicating that the damage to the hospital resulted from a misfired Hamas rocket – and that the rocket landed in a parking lot adjacent to the hospital, not the facility itself. Israel’s findings – backed up by U.S. government investigators – demonstrated that prestigious international news media had been duped by faked photographs issued by Hamas.

An Associated Press analysis further confirmed that a rocket fired from within Palestinian territory that broke up while in the air likely fell onto the hospital, causing the catastrophe. Adrienne Watson, a spokesperson for Biden’s National Security Council, also backed up the Israeli findings, reporting, “While we continue to collect information, our current assessment, based on analysis of overhead imagery, intercepts and open source information, is that Israel is not responsible for the explosion at the hospital in Gaza.”

Based on the NSC analysis, President Biden then acknowledged to Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that it appeared that “the other team [Hamas] did it.”

Even the Times walked back its initial coverage on the explosion a week after its original story, admitting in an editors’ note that the newspaper’s report had “relied too heavily on claims made by Hamas, and did not make clear that those claims could not immediately be verified.” As the editors explained, the original account had depended on information supplied by “Palestinian officials,” without acknowledging that the Israeli military “was investigating the blast.”

While the Times does not appear to have devoted any resources to further investigating the causes (or specific location) of the explosion, its original report, the editors conceded, “left readers with an incorrect impression about what was known and how credible the account was.” But far more people had read the original Times account than would have seen the correction, and the Times staff, in their eagerness to demonstrate their ostensible impartiality in covering the war in Gaza, served as instruments of Hamas propagandists. (Doubtless the Times story was picked up by other media around the world.)

While the Times note admitted that “given the sensitive nature of the news during a widening conflict, and the prominent promotion it received, Times editors should have taken more care with the initial presentation, and been more explicit about what information could be verified,” it fell short of an outright apology for the damage that its reporting must have caused.

Indeed, daily readers of the Times will note that its stories on the Gaza situation customarily begin by citing unsubstantiated figures on the supposed death toll from Israeli attacks, typically indicating only a few paragraphs later that the sole source of the figures is Hamas itself. (One has to wonder if the Times would display a similar credulity if it were citing figures issued, say, by American military spokesmen during one of the country’s recent conflicts in the Middle East.)

Needless to say, the Times’s erroneous reportage can only have further inflamed anti-Israel and anti-Semitic passions that continue to grow in the U.S. and abroad.

Of course, the Times is far from alone among American media in gullibly (or worse) repeating Hamas propaganda: in a November 18 report, CNN stated that it was unable to confirm that Hamas has a history of storing weapons in hospitals and schools, even suggesting that the Israeli Defense Forces had rearranged weaponry in the Al-Shifa Hospital prior to allowing international news crews to visit it, just to justify their assault on the facility.

In contrast, even Human Rights Watch, not known for any pro-Israel partisanship, belatedly acknowledged that the hospital bombing was not caused by an Israeli attack, but rather “probably” by the sort of rocket commonly used by Palestinian armed groups. At the same time, the organization criticized the “inflated” death and casualty totals issued by Hamas.

Under these circumstances, and given his own previous acknowledgment of having been deceived by Hamas regarding the hospital bombing, what can possibly justify Joe Biden’s apology for doubting the accuracy of the mortality figures released by the terrorist group?

Under Biden’s leadership, the U.S. has continued to supply Israel with military assistance and expressions of moral support. But in recent days, the administration has been exercising increasing pressure on Israel to continue its temporary ceasefire in Gaza, with Hamas releasing limited numbers of hostages in exchange for Israel’s freeing far more Hamas prisoners jailed for terrorist action, and meantime importing “humanitarian” assistance including fuel that can easily be used to maintain its missiles and terror tunnels.

While the Israeli government’s agreement to the cease-fire results partly from understandable domestic pressure from Israelis longing for the return of their captured relatives, it can hardly afford to continue the armistice for long, given the necessity of wiping out Hamas once and for all – the only way to secure itself against repeated massacres. How long will the Biden administration continue its support?

It is to be feared that Biden’s unwarranted “apology” for not believing Hamas propaganda reflects a weakness of will in the face of demonstrations by pro-Hamas activists, pressure from far-left congressional Democrats (notably the “Squad”), and concern about alienating voters whose support he is counting on (such as the hundreds of thousands of Muslims in the key state of Michigan) to win re-election.

But the apology, based on no factual discoveries that belied his statement at the press conference, but only on the sad news that some American Muslims had been “affected” by Israel’s defensive actions, is shameful. It sends a message to the world that American leaders can easily be induced to contradict known facts just to placate assorted activist groups at home and abroad.

Already, the administration has naively been exhorting Israel to assign governance of Gaza, once Hamas has been defeated, to the Palestinian Authority, which governs much of the West Bank under the leadership of Mahmoud Abbas’s supposedly more “moderate” Fatah Party.

Biden officials thereby show themselves oblivious to the facts that Fatah shares Hamas’s goals, has applauded its massacre, routinely rewards terrorist “martyrs,” and has boasted of its participation in the attack from Gaza. Biden’s insistence that Israel establish a “sovereign Palestinian state” along its borders, combining the West Bank and Gaza, disregards Hamas’s repeated demand – echoing the Palestinian Authority’s charter – that the Jewish people be entirely exterminated or otherwise removed “from the river to the sea.”

Neither Hamas nor Fatah has any long-term interest in a “two-state solution” – they want it all.

Biden’s unwarranted apology may revive memories of the “apology tour” of the Middle East and Europe that Barack Obama undertook shortly after he entered the White House. It is not known whether Biden hopes, like his mentor, to earn a Nobel Prize as a result.

But if Biden sincerely wants to apologize for real errors he has committed, recent polls suggest that voters could readily supply him with a long list. His latest apology is only the most recent example.

David Lewis Schaefer is a Professor Emeritus of Political Science at College of the Holy Cross.

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Terry Serbus
Terry Serbus
4 months ago

What an embarrassment to the USA, the World will never look at us the same way since his term and party.

Ron St. Martin
Ron St. Martin
4 months ago

As long as the Media is controlled by the rich elites who want the U.S. to become a socialist state, we will never hear the truth!

Robert
Robert
4 months ago

After 9/11 no Muslim should be allowed to reside in the USA! We owe them nothing and bending over for these disgusting people is an insult to American citizens.

Stonyacres
Stonyacres
4 months ago

Clearly this moron is far more concerned with his own political future than he is with anyone or anything else! Biden must be removed from office! He and his offspring are an embarrassment to this nation and to mankind.
That embarrassment includes all who support the barbarians of Hamas. Sit down and shut up!

ibaconi
ibaconi
4 months ago

Bad enough he’s a dishonest pedophile, the fact that he’s this stupid is anything but reassuring.

Greg Taylor
Greg Taylor
4 months ago

From the river to the sea, make it all Israeli!

DenvilleSr
DenvilleSr
4 months ago

Evidence, apparently, does not trump HAMAS lies if one is a liberal, Marxist, Communist or whatever Democrats consider themselves to be these days.

CLIFFORD F GERACI
CLIFFORD F GERACI
4 months ago

Just another example of the Progressive Socio Fascist Democrats creating more chaos and anarchy. Since the Obama administration began making conciliatory movements towards Iran, who supports terrorist activity against Israel, Biden is following suit by allowing an additional $17B ($11B electric to Iraq, +$6B so called humanitarian), thus freeing up funds to support additional terrorism. Then having to support $$$ Israel in their fight against terrorism. People who vote Democrat must hate America.

Larry Mace
Larry Mace
4 months ago

And, of course, Buyden shows his “support” for Israel by allowing Iran to access billions of dollars to fund their friends and subjects, Hamas and Hezbollah. Not to mention the “humanitarian aid” to Palestinians — which even the US State Department knows winds up in the coffers of the Hamas butchers. As the old saying goes, “With friends like that, Israel needs no enemies”. From The River To The Sea, Hamas Must Cease To Be.

pamela
pamela
4 months ago

I would not apologize for telling the truth. These people do not need to be told more lies! They need to learn the truth and deal with it

NIcholas Elder
NIcholas Elder
4 months ago

I cannot believe that our president is essentially apologizing to a terrorist organization that is financed by Iran. What an embarrassment for our country!

G Morgan
G Morgan
4 months ago

I don’t Believe ANYTHING I see on TV , read in a newspaper, or on-line. With AI up and coming it will ALL be about what “ Someone ? “ wants you to see or know. Jesus is the TRUTH and the LIFE , put your Faith in him !

Martin Plecki
Martin Plecki
4 months ago

The US Marines fought the Barbary Pirates (Muslims) in the late 1700 / early 1800’s because the Muslims were raiding shipping and demanding tribute to stop. Search “Barbary Pirates” for the story. Are there similarities between then and now? I think so. Tribute / appeasement does not work.
Biden and Democrats will do or say anything to stay in power. Apologizing (appeasement) to Muslims, when everyone knows who started the current conflict…no problem for Dems.

Jackie
Jackie
4 months ago

It’s not about the people involved in this war, it’s not even about who’s responsible or right or wrong in this situation, is it Joe?? For you, it’s all about the politics – that’s all that matters to you, isn’t it? You need to pick a side by following your heart but your heart is so hardened that you can only think about yourself! Whether you get the Muslim vote or not is not the point, or at least it shouldn’t be!!! I’m ashamed of you for thinking this way – you really don’t care about people!! If all you are concerned about is the election, you shouldn’t be re-elected – you never should have been elected!!!

Stephen Russell
Stephen Russell
4 months ago

To appease Islam “owners” right Biden

Robert Zuccaro
Robert Zuccaro
4 months ago

Hey, Joe! Now that you’ve secured the radical Muslim and anti-Semitic vote, don’t forget to blame 9-11 on Bush and a “controlled demolition” so you don’t lose that Truther vote.

Lieutenant Beale
Lieutenant Beale
4 months ago

Biden should apologize for being a total failure.
”Leader of the free world” my arse.
And as for Hamas, they must be destroyed period.

kom
kom
4 months ago

Biden is trying to play both sides. And now, Hamas hit Jerusalem with a terrorist attack during a supposed pause! How does that sit with all you pro-Palestine politicians? Between pro-Trumpers being followed by FBI, CIA and relatives of J6’ers being humiliated by TSA searches, Biden’s administration is doing no different than what the Nazis did in Germany in the 1930’s and 40’s! When is media going to start investigating and reporting instead of ignoring this kind of govt oversight?

Phillip Nagle
Phillip Nagle
4 months ago

Biden panders to whomever is in front of him. What is true makes no difference to him, just what will score points for him. He is an absolute disgrace.

Thinking
Thinking
4 months ago

Ole Joe is slow walking the war in the Middle East. The fake news is allowed to gain traction and the truth will never win out. All the anti Israel protesters are pawns in the Hamas scheme to annihilate Israel. And ole Joe is complicit as well. The war in the Ukraine is the same. The media never has anything to report on the progress. Because there is none. Hamas can’t win without drumming up support all over the world with lies. And ole Joe with his “leadership” is giving it legitimacy. Result: Pro Hamas demonstrations. In meantime they put Palestinians near their military installations to increase the killings. They played ole Joe like a fine violin.

Gravy
Gravy
4 months ago

Wow! We live in a country you can no longer rely on the legacy media to be honest or forthright. The focus on hate will lead Hamas down the wrong path and a solution is most likely not possible. Israel will need to eventually proceed alone in its own defense without the help of the United States. Biden is no Netanyahu in leadership style or abilities.

Steven
Steven
4 months ago

This is what happens when politics are more important than doing the right thing. The hate America and its allies crowd need to be put in their place. If the Muslims living the dream in America don’t care for our country’s support of our ally Israel than they can move to any Muslim country they want. It’s addition by subtraction.

Randy
Randy
4 months ago

The news media’s flagrant misuse of facts makes them complacent with Hamas or actors like them—medias distortion of facts is a serious problem, they should be constantly tied up in court over their abuse of the truth

Philip Seth Hammersley
Philip Seth Hammersley
4 months ago

Bide is used to PROPAGANDA as it is a staple of the Democrat party! That’s ALL they have–their leaders are ALL incompetent boobs!

Ken Copas
Ken Copas
4 months ago

Biden and his administration is an absolute embarrassment to the leaders of the world.

james
james
4 months ago

A very confused , incompetent and old man-as viewed from my prospective as his senior by 8 years.

DreamVon
DreamVon
4 months ago

It is so sad that Satan has hold of people!
These Hamas people have demons in them that only God can cast out!
Obiden is also possessed with Satan’s demons!
Pray for the American Government that God takes over and has his anointed people put in charge – In Jesus’ Name – Amen ????

corbin douthitt
corbin douthitt
4 months ago

So. Lyin Joe needs Muslims and ANTI ISRAEL voters to get elected again? Uh huh.

William Hodge
William Hodge
4 months ago

Obiden shows a lot of class, all third!

Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
Gabe Hanzeli kent wa
4 months ago

yup all democrats top to bottom are Jew murdering nazi’s. Biden particularly loved the attack, kidnapping, rape and then murder of the women and children. The thought of it makes all liberals happy. it is just part of the democrats war on women and their depopulation death cult.

anna hubert
anna hubert
4 months ago

We all know that a two state solution is the last thing fighters for a “free Palestine” want That would be the end of hamas hand outs and fighting Nothing but work and responsibility ahead Scary As long as someone else pays for it they’ll fight Biden follows the old path

Karl
Karl
4 months ago

Biden is an idiot and more so, those who voted for him and especially those who would vote for him again.

Harry
Harry
4 months ago

So now we know, Biden must be on Hamas payroll too! Or is it Iran!! I thought he gave them the money not they to us!! What a dumb Azz.

Commentary
Commentary
4 months ago

Biden is a complete fool and he will go down in U.S. history as the worst president of his time, moreover of Amerca’s existence.

Stonyacres
Stonyacres
4 months ago

The title of this article should read, “Biden Apologizes For Not Believing Hamas Lies”. That would put the moronic behavior of the clown in the White House in proper perspective. No one should apologize for not believing lies.

Donald King
Donald King
4 months ago

Aw shucks. Little Joe just misread what it said on his teleprompter when opened his mouth and said that he didn’t accept those Hamas claims. But he’s okay now since his handlers took him aside and reprogrammed what he has left of a mind.

Linda C
Linda C
4 months ago

He is garbage since day 1. He will always be garbage. Sick, mentally ill, and prez… what a waste of time and MONEY!!!!!

Jane
Jane
4 months ago

It will be to our terrible sorrow to kowtow to Muslims.

Craig Bergman
Craig Bergman
4 months ago

hamas, all terrorists, and the Palestinians are all propaganda experts. All governments participate in these actions. There are no unaffiliated, corroborative organizations that have or will validate hamas’ statements. Biden apologizing for not believing this propaganda again, simply place on exhibit his incompetence, and abject stupidity.

Sean Rickman
Sean Rickman
4 months ago

Why in the world would any normal person with a knats worth of common sense vote for,or support the criminals that are programming joey and destroying the once great AMERICA that we once knew.Maybe the freeloaders are the voters that in the long run will end

Barrett T Smith
Barrett T Smith
4 months ago

Joe doesn’t know which tune to dance to.

Kurt
Kurt
4 months ago

I’ve always voted Republican so I take solace I’ve had no part in this mess. Dementia Joe needs to go! Voting straight Republican the next election too for whomever is running.
I agree Israel has to be supported and Hamas is now reaping what it sowed. I don’t blame Netanyahu for wanting to eradicate Hamas from the earth. Unfortunately in ANY war, innocent civilians get killed. That is a given.
What? Stop the war now and allow Hamas to regroup? They have eternal hatred for Israel and would only attack it again in the future.

Wendy
Wendy
4 months ago

He is USELESS

Letts Brandon
Letts Brandon
4 months ago

Neither Biden nor Hamas should ever be taken at face value.

jimm
jimm
4 months ago

Biden is now the great apologizer, grabbing that crown from Barak OBama.

Highwayman
Highwayman
4 months ago

It’s all 100% intentional. The CCP insurrection placed Biden there to make a deliberate demolishing of the US from within look like nothing but the incompetence of an old crooked fool. If you people don’t see that by now, you’re behind the curve. Wake up America. We’re in trouble.

Harry
Harry
4 months ago

I wonder if sleeping Jesus, Biden would wake up if somebody stuck some TNT up his azz if he would wake up?

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