In a move that left many scratching their heads, President Biden has finally extended invitations to the families of Americans taken hostage by Hamas to the White House. This comes after the families expressed their disappointment at not receiving invites to a Hanukkah reception, despite their requests.
— Washington Examiner (@dcexaminer) December 13, 2023
The senior administration official, who spilled the beans to NBC News, revealed that the invites were a result of Biden’s prior Zoom meetings with the families. It’s worth noting that National Security Adviser Jake Sullivan and Vice President Kamala Harris had already met with some of the families earlier.
The families had initially expressed their desire to attend the fifth night of Hanukkah celebration, which saw a large turnout of over 800 guests, including Holocaust survivors, lawmakers, Jewish leaders, and White House staffers who were descendants of Holocaust survivors. This move is puzzling, especially considering that Biden publicly declared himself a “Zionist” at the event. This statement is sure to ruffle some feathers, especially in the southern part of the country, where he admitted to being criticized for similar remarks 35 years ago.
But the drama doesn’t end there. The real kicker came when Biden made comments about Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel’s military operations. At a gathering with Democratic donors in Washington, he shook the tables by indicating that while the U.S. would continue to support Israel, Netanyahu needed to shape up due to waning public support.
Stay tuned as this political soap opera unfolds in the nation’s capital. It’s never a dull moment with Biden at the helm!