Secretary of State Antony Blinken has been criticized for a now-deleted online post calling for a ceasefire after Hamas attacks Israel starting Saturday.
The reports of the deleted post come as hundreds of Israelis were confirmed dead, including 11 Americans.
Blinken deletes social media post calling for Israel-Hamas 'cease-fire' https://t.co/03fuQeAIEa
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 9, 2023
"Turkish Foreign Minister @HakanFidan and I spoke further on Hamas’ terrorist attacks on Israel," read Blinken’s post on X, formerly Twitter,
"I encouraged Türkiye’s advocacy for a cease-fire and the release of all hostages held by Hamas immediately," the post continued.
Secretary of State Blinken Deletes Tweet Encouraging Israel to Back Down
— Townhall.com (@townhallcom) October 9, 2023
"The inexplicable yet knee-jerk reaction from the Biden State Department was to tell Israel to do nothing in response to its innocent women being brutalized, murdered, and paraded through the streets by Hamas terrorists," Townhall reported.
"The post may have been deleted, but the Biden administration's immediate response was to tell Israel it shouldn't neutralize the people, weapons, and infrastructure responsible for the largest massacre of Jews since the Holocaust," it added.
The frustrations continue to grow as the American government confirmed 11 Americans who died in the attacks. In addition, reports of American hostages have surfaced, though the details have not been revealed.
The weak response continues to follow the pattern the Biden administration has left in other international issues, with the exception of Ukraine.
The Biden administration most notably left at least hundreds of Americans in Afghanistan following its military departure, an action that included the deaths of 13 U.S. military personnel.
The current situation is also a terrible look for Biden, with the initial response one of a ceasefire despite the attacks on Israel and some Americans, along with an unknown number of hostages taken by Hamas during its attacks.