A US State Department official quits over US support and increased military aid to Israel amid conflict with Hamas adding it will lead to more suffering for both Israelis and Palestinians.
A US State Department official resigned on Wednesday, citing concerns about the Biden administration’s moves to funnel more military aid to Israel as it wages war against the Hamas militant group in the Gaza Strip.
In his resignation note, the official, Josh Paul, expressed worry that the US-backed response by Israel to Hamas’s attack would result in more suffering for both Israelis and Palestinians.
Paul termed the response of the Biden administration and much of the US Congress “an impulsive reaction built on confirmation bias” and “intellectual bankruptcy”, reported Axios. He went on to state that he couldn’t work in support of a “shortsighted, destructive, unjust” policy.”
“I fear we are repeating the same mistakes we have made these past decades, and I decline to be a part of it for longer,” Paul wrote in the note, according to the Wall Street Journal.
Paul had been with the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs for over 11 years, primarily handling arms transfers to US allies.
A State Department official confirmed Paul’s resignation to the Wall Street Journal.
Paul’s departure comes amid reports that US President Joe Biden is considering $10 billion in defence aid for Israel, for which a supplemental spending request will be sent to Congress by the end of the week.
Biden, who just wrapped up a “solidarity visit” to Israel, has also announced $100 million in new funding for humanitarian aid in Gaza and the occupied West Bank.
Meanwhile, on Wednesday, the US vetoed a draft resolution at the UN Security Council which called for a humanitarian pause in besieged Gaza, where Israeli airstrikes and shelling have left more than 3,400 people dead.
Within hours of the horrific October 7 attack by Hamas, the US began moving warships and aircraft to the region to be ready to provide Israel with whatever it needed to respond.
One US aircraft carrier and its strike group are already in the eastern Mediterranean and a second one has left the US and is heading that way.
In addition, three Marine warships are moving into the region. Scores of aircraft were dispatched to US military bases around the Middle East, and American special operations forces are working with Israel’s military in planning and intelligence, according to an Associated Press report.