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Stockholm: As the Israel-Hamas conflict escalates, President Joe Biden faces increasing pressure from within his administration and reelection campaign over his handling of the crisis.

In a recent development, Tariq Habash, a policy advisor to the Education Department and a second administration official, resigned in protest, citing President Biden's alleged disregard for the "atrocities committed against innocent Palestinian lives" by Israeli forces. Simultaneously, seventeen staffers from the Biden campaign, in an anonymous letter, called on the president to prioritize a ceasefire, deeming it a "moral and electoral imperative" to de-escalate violence in Gaza.

Skyline International expresses deep concern about the humanitarian toll in Gaza, where at least 20,000 people have lost their lives since Israel initiated its counter-offensive following a terror attack by Hamas on October 7. The United Nations reports that one in four people in Gaza is now facing starvation, describing the situation as unprecedented in scale and speed.

While expressing frustration with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government, President Biden has reiterated his "unshakeable" support for Israel. He has advocated for a two-state solution and warned of Israel losing international support due to its "indiscriminate bombing" of Gaza. However, Skyline International notes that the Biden administration has obstructed UN ceasefire resolutions and facilitated Israeli bombardment by providing weapons to Israeli forces, bypassing Congress twice in December.

Prominent figures within Biden's own party, such as Democratic Senator Tim Kaine and Independent Senator Bernie Sanders, have questioned the administration's bypassing of Congress on arms sales and called for a rejection of unconditional military aid to Israel. Sanders emphasized that U.S. taxpayers should not be complicit in harming innocent lives in Gaza.

Skyline International recognizes the political implications of the crisis for President Biden's reelection bid. Concerns are rising that his perceived lack of moral clarity on the humanitarian crisis may diminish voter enthusiasm and jeopardize the coalition that brought him into office. Some Muslim leaders have indicated withholding support, and polls suggest disapproval among younger voters regarding his handling of the conflict.

As an independent news organization committed to promoting peace, justice, and unbiased reporting, Skyline International urges President Biden to prioritize a ceasefire, end the violence, and work towards a lasting peace that respects the rights of self-determination, safety, and freedom for both Palestinians and Israelis.