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Reeher Discusses Biden’s Response to the Israel-Hamas War in Newsweek Article

October 16, 2023

NEWS10 ABC,Newsweek

Grant Reeher

Grant Reeher

President Biden has exuded strength and congeniality toward Israel, a longtime U.S. ally, saying in an address last week that Israel has not just a right but a duty to defend itself against the "pure unadulterated evil" perpetrated by Hamas, a Palestinian militant group designated by the U.S. as a terrorist organization.

Grant Reeher, professor of political science professor and director of the Campbell Public Affairs Institute, says that Biden's response is a microcosm of the typical U.S. response to major world events on a global stage.

"[The response has] been very clear, very resolute, it's been unequivocal, and it's not making some of the folks in the Democratic electorate or caucus happy," Reeher says. "The question is where it goes from here in concrete assistance, and if Israel gets engaged in some activities and we in a sense help them, it could complicate things."

The president has also focused primarily on the attacks on innocent people rather than Palestinian rights, Reeher adds, which has made for a clearer overall stance.

Read more in the Newsweek article, "Trump Official Praises Biden's Response to Israel-Hamas War."

Reeher was also interviewed for NEWS10 ABC's segment, "Israeli war to impact American politics."

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