Senator Chris Coons warns of potential damage to U.S.-Israel relationship in Netanyahu’s legacy

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Chris Coons

13th May 2024 – (Washington) Senator Chris Coons, a prominent Delaware Democrat and a close ally of President Joe Biden, expressed concerns during a recent appearance on ABC’s “This Week” over the lasting impact of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s legacy on the historically strong relationship between the United States and Israel. Referring to the significant strategic and defensive failure on October 7th, Coons stated that Netanyahu’s legacy could potentially result in a detrimental break in the bipartisan and strategic ties that have long characterized the alliance. Coons emphasized the tragic consequences such a rupture would entail.

Nonetheless, the senator also acknowledged the potential for Netanyahu’s legacy to be reshaped positively by achieving regional security and peace for Israel. Coons underscored President Biden’s commitment to safeguarding civilian lives during the ongoing conflict, exemplified by the decision to temporarily halt the transfer of certain weapons to Israel. This measure aims to limit Israel’s capacity to launch a full-scale attack on Rafah, a stronghold of the militant group Hamas that also houses over a million Gaza civilians.

Coons further elaborated on President Biden’s delicate balancing act in navigating the situation. He emphasized that what truly matters is ensuring that the next phase of the conflict against Hamas allows civilians to safely evacuate in the event of a future attack on Rafah. Coons highlighted that President Biden has made this position clear both publicly and privately to Israel, emphasizing the importance of protecting innocent lives.

The senator also reiterated Hamas’s responsibility for initiating the current war, citing their continued strikes on Israel. Coons emphasized that Hamas’s conduct has largely driven the ongoing humanitarian crisis in Gaza, underscoring the importance of acknowledging this fact whenever discussing the conflict.