White House ‘Outraged’ By Israeli Strike On World Central Kitchen Convoy

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John Kirby, the White House national security communications advisor, told reporters on Tuesday that the Biden administration is “outraged” over an Israeli drone strike in Gaza that killed seven aid workers, including an American.

“We were outraged to learn of an IDF strike that killed a number of civilian humanitarian workers yesterday from the World Central Kitchen, which has been relentless in working to get food to those who are hungry in Gaza and, quite frankly, around the world,” Kirby said. “We send our deepest condolences to their families and loved ones.”

Karine Jean-Pierre, the White House press secretary, said at the same press briefing that U.S. President Joe Biden called José Andrés, founder of World Central Kitchen, to say that he is “heartbroken” by the news.

Biden told Andrés that he would “make clear to Israel that humanitarian aid workers must be protected,” Jean-Pierre added.

The Israel Defense Forces took responsibility for the Monday night airstrike. Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called it a “tragic case of our forces unintentionally hitting innocent people in the Gaza Strip.”

Kirby said at the briefing on Tuesday that Israel has completed a preliminary investigation into the airstrike and that Washington expects that a full investigation is likely to be completed within a matter of days.

“Our expectation is—and we’ve made this clear to them—that they’ll come clean about what they’ve learned, they’ll be fully transparent and if people need to be held accountable, that they’ll be held accountable,” he said.

More than 200 aid workers have been killed in the conflict since Oct. 7, making it one of the worst for that sector in recent history, Kirby said.

Asked how it was possible that a strike on such a convoy could be anything but a violation of international humanitarian law, Kirby challenged the premise of the question. Washington has no indication that Israel violated international humanitarian law in any instance in the past six months, Kirby said.

“Your question presumes, at this very early hour, that it was a deliberate strike, that they knew exactly what they were hitting, that they were hitting aid workers and did it on purpose,” Kirby told the reporter. “There’s no evidence of that.”

“I will also remind you, sir, that we continue to look at incidents as they occur. The State Department has a process in place, and to date, as you and I are speaking today, they have not found any incidents where the Israelis have violated international humanitarian law,” Kirby added. JNS


3 COMMENTS

  1. If this clown had any brains, he would simply shut up. As matters stand, many in America are beginning to recognize that Biden is NOT the friend of Israel that he claims to be. Instead, he is increasingly critical of Israel, supportive of Hamas and its terror, and using his power to undermine Israel at the UN and elsewhere on the world stage. And to us, supporters of terror are terrorists, albeit in business suits. Biden is more beholden to the mental midgets and morally bankrupt Squad and similar liberals.

    No country has done more to protect civilians in wartime than Israel. Hamas numbers are not based on truth, but on the narratives of their propaganda. It is disgraceful that the Biden administration even listens to them. This tragic event was a mistake, and Israel immediately accepted responsibility. America would not do that, nor would Iran, Hamas, Hezbollah, Russia, or other democratic nations. Israel never, ever targeted civilians. These terrorist regimes and tribes prefer to target civilians. Without noticing the contrast here, one cannot be truthful or ven moral. So sad that the Biden administration is so morally bankrupt.

  2. Israel needs to publicize the gruesome photos of 10/7 and show it to the world with a caption “how would you avenge your family?”

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