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Always appreciate your perspective! I think that the apology stems from the fact that he quickly realized that sentiment among many progressive Democrats is running against him due to his callous comment about Palestinian civilian casualties. In our lives, people usually put disagreements aside to support the party, but I'm not so sure now. Whether it's the MAGAs on the right, or Progressives on the left, many of these voters, especially younger ones, are sticking to their positions. Which could cost Biden lest he makes amends...

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If they don't vote for Biden, and the other candidate is Trump, I wonder what that's going to be like for them?

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I have to respectfully disagree with your stance here, Chuck. Have you noticed the latest news from this Conflict? There has been no fighting for four days now and counting. Many Israeli hostages have been released, with more coming. And Israel has released approximately 3 times as many Palestinian prisoners; again with more coming. Aid truck deliveries have ramped way up, getting desperately needed supplies to Palestinian citizens. And there is at least a faint hope that the pause may hold and develop into an official ceasefire. It may not go that way, but at least now there's a chance. The point to citing all of this is to illustrate that Biden is smarter than most of us. He was strategically correct to literally embrace Nethayahu earlier and to publicly stand with Israel. What people don't understand is statesmanship and diplomacy. Yes, the Biden administration did publicly stand with Israel, but the whole time they were negotiating with Israel, and Arab partner states, to get this pause in the conflict; it worked and it's working. And because it's working it is saving Palestinian civilian lives, and has reunited both Palestinian and Israeli families, which is a great outcome. And I think that Biden deserves a load of credit for this accomplishment, because the actions he took have clearly paid off, despite all the premature, overwrought, and often facile opposition from people who frankly should know better. I further think that despite all of this gnashing of metaphorical teeth over Biden's supposed "bias" towards Israel, that in the election a year from now, most of these same critics will step up and vote for Biden; which will be evidence of their strategic choice, just as Biden made his strategic choices at this moment. Bottom line; I could be wrong, but I'm not concerned that this is going to cost Biden any significant votes next year.

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As much as biden's public statements have infuriated me and made me question my future vote, the alternative is worse. And what is said to us does not reveal all the cards being played behind curtains.

The US has always supported israel so how do we expect a sudden u-turn? It's US foreign policy that is horrid, not just one president's statements.

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