Defense Sec. Austin defends Israel against accusions of genocide

by ian

Lloyd Austin is coming to Israel’s defense. During a Senate hearing yesterday, the Defense Secretary was asked to respond to claims that Israel is committing genocide.

Earlier in the day, Austin’s testimony was interrupted by protestors, demanding the US stop supporting Israel. That same day, more than 50 people were arrested after storming the Senate cafeteria, chanting that the “Senate can’t eat until Gaza eats!”

Austin says the US is “committed to help assist Israel in defending its territory” in light of the October 7th terror attacks.

Austin’s testimony comes as President Biden has been ramping up pressure on Israel in recent days, largely in response to blowback from progressive Democrats and Muslim voters in swing states. Last week, Biden told Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu that he might pull US support unless Israel does more to protect civilians and aid workers in Gaza.