Biden Accused of Making ‘Extraordinary Diplomatic Blunder’ During Gaffe-Ridden Trip to the Middle East

Bumbling Joe Biden managed to insult Israel, Palestine, and the United Kingdom during a trip to the Middle East this week that has been marked by multiple diplomatic gaffes.

Friday morning, he committed what a Scottish paper called an “extraordinary diplomatic blunder” by comparing the Israeli-Palestinian conflict to “the troubles” between Irish Catholics and Great Britain.

Biden made his first shocking gaffe shortly after landing in Israel on Thursday in a speech at the airport that was meant to pay tribute to the victims of the Holocaust.

“I will once more return to the hallowed ground of Yad Vashem to honor the 6 million Jewish lives that were stolen in a genocide and continue — which we must do every, every day — continue to bear witness, to keep alive the truth and honor of the Holocaust,” Biden said, before correcting himself to say “horror of the Holocaust.”

Later, during an interview on Israel’s Channel 12 News Thursday, Biden gave a testy and sophomoric answer to reporter Yonit Levi, when she asked him about the duration of the Russia-Ukraine war.

Levi asked him “how long will this onslaught last?” and Biden responded with his now familiar “as long as it takes” refrain, adding “whatever time.”

“We can’t let [Russian President Vladimir Putin] prevail,” he declared.

Levi pressed further: “Could it take months? Could it take years?” she asked.

“It can,” Biden replied.

Hearing this alarming admission, the reporter repeated the question: “Do you think the war will last many years?” She asked.

“No, YOU said that,” Biden shot back.

 

Biden also ruffled feathers with an impolitic comment regarding the Israeli-Palestinian conflict while delivering a speech at Augusta Victoria Hospital, East Jerusalem on Friday.

Biden said: “the background of my family is Irish American. And we have a long history not fundamentally unlike the Palestinian people, with Great Britain and their attitude toward Irish Catholics over the years for 400 years.”

The Scottish Daily Press called the comment an “extraordinary diplomatic blunder that risks upsetting both the UK and Israel.”

In response to the comment, former Glasgow Labour MP Tom Harris told the paper that Biden needed to brush up on history before offering “stupid” opinions.

Harris said: “It was the kind of comparison that you might expect a not very bright politics student to make. Despite boasting about his Irish heritage, he obviously hasn’t thought or read very much about British and Irish history.

“It was a stupid comment to make and he has made a fool of himself and his country,” Harris added. “To say that Joe Biden has been a disappointment in office would be an understatement.”

Biden’s remarks were interrupted by a coughing fit. After taking a sip of water, he told the audience that he swallowed his saliva wrong.

As he often does, Biden appeared lost and confused after delivering his speech, and needed guidance to help him off the stage.

He had the same problem in Israel on Thursday:

Later, Biden arrived in the biblical town of Bethlehem in the West Bank for talks with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

“Without a clear path for jumpstarting peace talks between the Israelis and Palestinians, President Joe Biden offered American money as a balm while visiting a local hospital on Friday, the Associated Press reported.

It was here that Biden announced that he was donating more Covid-19 to the West Bank and Gaza.

“The best way to feed the flame of hope is to demonstrate that things can be better,” Biden said. “And President Abbas, the United States is a partner in this work to improve the day-to-day lives of the Palestinian people. That’s why, when I came to office, I reserved a policy — I’ve reversed the policies of my predecessor and resumed aid to the Palestinians, more than a half a billion dollars in 2021.”

“That’s support for the economic development of the Palestinian people, to strengthen Palestinian security, to provide food for people to eat, to respond to the pandemic, including donating more than one million doses of Covid-19 to the West Bank and Gaza,” he said.

“It also includes more than 400 million in humanitarian assistance to the Palestinian refugees through the United Relief and Works Agency, the UNRWA,” he added. “And today I’m announcing United States is going to provide an additional 200 million to the UNRWA so it can continue this vital work of helping the most vulnerable Palestinians…”

Biden flew to Saudi Arabia—which he has previously labeled a “pariah” state—directly from Israel and was greeted by the Saudi crown prince upon his arrival.

As he has with all the other leaders he’s met on this trip, Biden gave Mohammed bin Salman a fist bump. According to the White House, Biden is avoiding handshakes to protect him from Covid-19.

Independent journalist Michael Tracy compared Biden’s underwhelming welcome in the Kingdom, to former President Donald Trump’s.

Newsmax podcaster Benny Johnson also noticed a difference on how the two were greeted.

Later, during a meeting with the Saudis, a reporter repeatedly shouted the question, “is Saudi Arabia still a pariah?”

Biden was expected to ask Saudi Arabia to ramp up oil production, but he will leave the Middle East “with no announcements on increasing oil supply” US officials told Bloomberg News.

About Debra Heine

Debra Heine is a conservative Catholic mom of six and longtime political pundit. She has written for several conservative news websites over the years, including Breitbart and PJ Media.

Photo: US President Joe Biden and Israel's caretaker prime minister (not pictured) take part in a virtual meeting with leaders of the I2U2 group, which includes, US, Israel, India, and the United Arab Emirates, at a hotel in Jerusalem, on July 14, 2022. (Photo by MANDEL NGAN / AFP) (Photo by MANDEL NGAN/AFP via Getty Images)

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