On Thursday, the U.S. government announced that 74 American family members were part of the second flow of dual passport citizens released from Gaza via the Rafah security gate on Gaza’s southern border into Egypt.
"We got out today 74 American folks, out that are dual citizens, and coming home," announced President Joe Biden at the White House on Thursday.
At least 342 foreign passport holders crossed from Gaza into Egypt via the Rafah border gate on Thursday, according to Wael Abu Omar, the Palestinian spokesman for the border crossing.
A total of 677 foreign passport holders have crossed into Egypt from Gaza since Wednesday, he said.
Behind the scenes, world leaders though are whispering, "What is going on with the Team USA Biden - Blinken?"
In Minnesota on Wednesday at a Biden fundraiser, a bearded female rabbi stood up at a fundraiser and demanded President Biden call for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas.
“I think we need a pause,” President Biden replied.
Pauses in some war zones are only for hours.
Whether a pause or a ceasefire, the reality is the Israeli Hamas war is spilling over.
Karim Khan, The Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC) even showed up at the Rafah gate days and announced to the world he is investigating all parties for crimes against humanity.
The ICC is “independent - independently looking at the situation in Palestine. We are looking at the events in Israel and the allegation that Palestinian nationals have also committed crimes. We need cooperation. We need assistance, but we are going to have the determination, the stamina, and the professionalism to make sure we separate allegations from fact, that we can look at the evidence, investigate incriminating and exonerating evidence equally and most fundamentally at this moment underline the fact that there should not be any impediment to humanitarian relief supplies going to children, to women and men; civilians,” said Khan on Instagram.
“They are innocent. They have rights under international humanitarian law,” he emphasized.
President Erdogan of Turkey is telling anyone who will listen that “Israel has lost its mind.”
Some South American countries are recalling their ambassadors and breaking ties with Israel.
Israel criticized Bolivia, Chile and Colombia this week after a series of diplomatic moves to protest Israel’s military operations against Hamas in Gaza.
Other Latin American countries, including Argentina and Brazil, have also increased their criticism.
Israel on Wednesday called on Colombia and Chile to “explicitly condemn the Hamas terrorist organization, which slaughtered and abducted babies, children, women and the elderly,” according to a statement by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs.
The call came hours after Chile and Colombia recalled their ambassadors to Israel on Tuesday.
Jordan recalled its ambassador to Israel over its ground operation in Gaza and said that Jordan will not discuss the matter until the war in Gaza has ended.
The U.S. is on high-alert over terrorism threats.
The FBI and MI5 are worried about anti-semitism incidents.
Paris has Stars of David drawn on public buildings.
Germany, of all places, is witnessing a Star of David graffitied on residential homes in Berlin, igniting a chilling reminder of anti-Semitic persecution of the Jewish community under the Nazis.
In short, Israel’s defensive response to the Oct. 7 Hamas terrorist attacks is turning into an international diplomatic catastrophic nightmare, and everyone affected has an opinion.
While Israel is hunting for Hamas leaders, children are dying, and those in need of critical medical care are not receiving medical help.
There were hundreds of trucks that used to deliver aid to Gaza and now, the “adults” in the room are arguing about 30-40 trucks of aid daily as the number of injured and maimed increase.
The “elders” are absent.
The peace negotiators’ chairs are empty.
But, the phone lines are burning.
Biden’s request for another $100 billion war package has the diplomatic and religious communities globally asking - “Are these wars never going to end with Biden?”
Biden's war package is in jeopary. It is up against the November 17 US government shutdown deadline.
The ripple effects from U.S. support of Ukraine against Russia and no peace negotiations there is financially draining Europe.
The open U.S. border policy constitutes a national security threat of seven million illegal immigrants to date since Biden took office. That situation has morphed into foreigners being abused and trafficked in the U.S. and some American sheriffs assigning county deputies to search for dead bodies on private properties in Texas, while religious charities have transformed themselves from doing God’s work into financial cash cows. Their complicities have placed trafficked foreign children into fertile grounds of more risk on U.S. soil, or even. No one has a clear handle on the number of unaccompanied children gone missing in the U.S.
President Biden’s war package request before Congress includes funding not just for Ukraine, Gaza, Israel, but what he refers to as the "Indo-Pacific" situation.
Translated, that means Taiwan.
The U.S. is beefing up its military capabilities in Guam after the first of the year. Nearly 35,000 U.S. Marines will be added to the U.S. base in Guam.
Meanwhile, Biden's administration announced Wednesday that he is nominating Kurt Campbell, the deputy assistant to the president and coordinator for Indo-Pacific Affairs on the National Security Council, to be Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s deputy.
How does one track these fast-moving parts to figure out where the Biden administration's priorities are at any given moment?
Follow U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken’s international jaunts.
According to Matthew Miller, the U.S. Department of State Spokesperson, Secretary of State Antony J. Blinken was to travel to Tel Aviv, Israel; Amman, Jordan; Tokyo, Japan; Seoul, the Republic of Korea (ROK); and New Delhi, India November 2-10, 2023. That was yesterday.
Secretary Blinken was wheels-up today.
“Secretary Blinken will travel to Israel on Friday for meetings with members of the Israeli government, and then will make other stops in the region,” State Department spokesman Matthew Miller said.
Blinken’s Agenda in a nutshell as of the timing of this article:
But, behind closed doors, there is talk of more than Blinken’s scheduled trip to Israel and Jordan while in the Middle East. There is a possibility that on that leg of his trip, the secretary may repeat a hopscotch across the region like he did during his recent trip. He visited Israel three times as well as six Arab nations. One source told CDM that Blinken is due to arrive in Turkey on Sunday.
U.S. State Department refused to officially confirm that on Wednesday during its press briefing.
But, Derik Chollet, Counselor of the U.S. Department of State is now enroute to the Middle East to engage with U.S. partners and allies in the region with a stop in Israel, and onward to “Jordan and Turkey,” and “additional stops may be made,” the State Department has confirmed.
On the tarmac before boarding his plane this morning, Secretary Blinken once again reiterated "diplomatic speak," when referring to a "durable and sustainable peace" in the Middle East to include the establishment of a Palestinian State that reflects the aspirations of those Palestinians in Gaza and in the West Bank.
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