(USNewsMag.com) – Secretary of State Atony Blinken stirred up some controversy on social media on Sunday while commenting on the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.
Blinken posted on Twitter that he “spoke further” with Hakan Fidan, the Turkish Foreign Minister, about the recent terrorist attacks in Israel by the radical Islamic faction Hamas, the group that leads the Palestinian resistance. Blinken says that he “encouraged” the Turkish government to advocate “for a cease-fire” and the immediate “release of all hostages held by Hamas.”
Blinken eventually deleted the post, but not before it was screenshotted and had already caused an uproar from the public, pundits, and lawmakers.
Republican Rep. Marco Rubio of Florida tweeted in response to Blinken and called “anyone demanding” that Israel avoid escalation or calling “for a ‘cease-fire’” must be “out of touch” or sympathetic to Hamas. Fellow Republican Florida Rep. Mike Walkz said that Biden’s administration “is showing its true colors.”
According to the State Department, at least nine Americans are known to have been killed in the Hamas attacks that started last Saturday, although they did not comment on Blinken’s deleted remark.
On the other side of the aisle, Democratic Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York also called for an “immediate cease-fire” to “save lives.” She said that the attacks were “devastating” for “those seeking a lasting peace and respect for human rights.” Ocasio-Cortez added that she condemns the attack by Hamas “in the strongest possible terms” and said that “no child and family” should have to go through “this kind of violence and fear,” which won’t “solve the ongoing oppression and occupation in the region.”
It’s not unusual for Democrats to lean toward the Palestinian side and Republicans toward Israel. The recent surge in violence is also raising concerns amongst GOP lawmakers about how much Iran is involved with the Hamas attack and whether or not the $6 billion hostage exchange by the Biden administration contributed.
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