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‘Stop it Now’: Jill Biden Tells Her Husband from Behind Closed Doors to Call for End of Israel-Hamas Conflict: Report

Jill Biden, AP
Jill Biden, AP

By: Jake Smith, Daily Caller News Foundation

First Lady Jill Biden is urging her husband to take a tougher stance on the ongoing Israel-Hamas war in the Gaza Strip, The New York Times reported on Thursday.

Biden is currently under political pressure to call for an end to Israel’s military operations in Gaza against Hamas, the terror group responsible for killing over 1,200 civilians on Oct. 7. Biden said during a meeting with Muslim community leaders at the White House on Tuesday that the first lady is now giving him that same pressure, sharing with attendees that she had told him to “stop it,” according to NYT.

Biden was responding to an attendee who claimed his wife didn’t want him to go to the meeting because of Biden’s support for Israel’s war, according to NYT. Biden told him that he understood, noting that Jill had told him to “Stop it now, Joe,” Salima Suswell, another attendee at the meeting, told the outlet.

The White House told the NYT there was no disagreement between Biden and the first lady over the war, saying that both were equally angered by the civilian casualties sustained in Gaza. The first lady was not telling Biden to call for a full end to Israel’s counteroffensive efforts, the White House said.

“Just like the president, the first lady is heartbroken over the attacks on aid workers and the ongoing loss of innocent lives in Gaza. They both want Israel to do more to protect civilians,” Elizabeth Alexander, Jill Biden’s communications director, told the NYT.

The first lady has historically opposed American interventionism in global affairs, in part because Beau Biden — the president’s son — served in Iraq in the late 2000s, according to the NYT. During a White House event in late 2022, she was angered after someone in attendance spoke positively about former president George W. Bush.

“He sent my son to war,” Jill Biden irately told the attendee, according to NYT.

Jill Biden also supported the Biden administration’s botched Afghanistan withdrawal in 2021, which ended in the deaths of 13 U.S. troops and hundreds of Afghani civilians. The Biden administration left behind over $7 billion worth of armaments, including munitions, military aircraft vehicles and operational equipment.

“I think he trusts my intuition as a spouse,” she told the NYT in 2021.

The majority of Biden’s Muslim and younger voting base — and factions within his own administration — are demanding that he call for a ceasefire in the war in Gaza. Biden’s comments on Tuesday came after an Israeli airstrike mistakenly hit an aid convoy in Gaza on Monday, killing seven workers.

Biden was reportedly “outraged” by Israel’s mistake and may address it in his call with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday, according to Axios. Biden and Netanyahu’s relationship has become increasingly strained in recent months over disagreements as to how the war in Gaza should be conducted.

“Biden is pissed. The temperature regarding Bibi is very high,” a U.S. official told Axios.

The White House did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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