Asked about conditioning aid to Israel, Biden says it’s a ‘worthwhile thought,’ but wouldn’t have been effective

US President Joe Biden responds to a reporter as he leaves after speaking in Nantucket, Massachusetts, November 24, 2023, about hostages freed by Hamas in the first stage of a swap under a four-day temporary ceasefire deal. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)
US President Joe Biden responds to a reporter as he leaves after speaking in Nantucket, Massachusetts, November 24, 2023, about hostages freed by Hamas in the first stage of a swap under a four-day temporary ceasefire deal. (AP Photo/Stephanie Scarbrough)

Biden is asked about members of the Democratic party who have called for aid to Israel to be conditioned on its human rights record.

“That’s a worthwhile thought, but I don’t think if I started off with that we’d have ever gotten to where we are today. We have to take this one piece at a time,” Biden responds.

The response raises eyebrows as the Biden administration to date has opposed efforts to condition aid to Israel beyond stipulations that already exist in all security assistance packages, which critics claim are not applied to the Jewish state.

It is not entirely clear whether Biden’s initial response was to the question regarding conditioning aid as another question was also being shouted at the same time.

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