(RepublicanDaily.org) – Josh Paul, a director at the U.S. State Department, has resigned over what he calls “shortsighted decisions” of the Biden administration with respect to its handling of the Israel and Hamas war in the Middle East.
Paul served at the State Department for 11 years as director of congressional and public affairs at the department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs. The bureau is in charge of managing the U.S.’ defense relationship with its allies and supervises the transfer of weapons and other arms to those allies.
In his resignation letter, which was posted online, Paul accused the Biden administration of “blindingly” supporting just “one side” – Israel – which he believes led to decisions that were “shortsighted, destructive, (and) unjust,” as well as opposed to the kind of principles the U.S. stands for.
Paul also said that he took issue with the way Israel is responding to the conflict – a response backed by the U.S. – which he believes will result in “more and deeper suffering” for both Palestinians and Israelis. He acknowledged that Hamas’ initial attack on Israel was a “monstrosity of monstrosities,” and called moves by other extremist Muslim armed groups like Hezbollah a “further cynical exploitation of the existing tragedy.” However, he also said that the way the U.S. is supporting Israel is not in the country’s best interest, but rather a knee-jerk reaction borne out of “confirmation bias,” “intellectual bankruptcy,” “bureaucratic inertia,” and “political convenience.”
Matt Miller, a spokesperson for the State Department, said that the department respects the right of employees to have beliefs that are incongruent to current government policy. Miller added that the U.S. will continue to support Israel’s “right” and “obligation” to defend itself against terrorist attacks. He also gave assurance that the U.S. has made it clear that Israel must still abide by international law in the way it defends itself.
Israel receives roughly $3.8 billion every year in security assistance from the U.S., but the current conflict will likely require an increase in aid sent by the U.S.
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