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Biden warns public opinion on Israel can ‘shift overnight,’ snubs hostage families from White House Hanukkah event

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President Joe Biden asserted the nation’s support of Israel during a Hanukkah event at the White House while also warning that global opinion on the current conflict in Gaza “can shift overnight.”

The president conveyed his “unshakeable” support for “the safety of the Jewish people and the security of Israel and its right to exist,” while speaking to about 800 guests gathered for the Hanukkah reception on Monday. Families of those who are currently still being held hostage by Hamas terrorists reportedly were not invited to the event.

“We’ll continue to provide military assistance to Israel until they get rid of Hamas, but we have to be careful – they have to be careful,” Biden said, according to CNN. “The whole world’s public opinion can shift overnight, we can’t let that happen.”

Biden also recalled a time years ago that he reportedly told Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, “I love you, but I don’t agree with a damn thing you have to say.”

“It’s about the same today,” he said.

Notable at the Menorah lighting ceremony, which included “Holocaust survivors, lawmakers and various Jewish leaders,” according to CNN, was the absence of some who had not received invitations though they had reportedly asked to attend.

According to CNN journalist MJ Lee, “Several family members of the American citizen hostages missing in Gaza had asked the White House to attend its Hanukkah reception tonight, but did not receive invitations, one of them tells me.”

“I also recognize you’re hurting from the silence, and the fear, and for your safety, because of a surge in antisemitism in the United States of America and around the world — it’s sickening,” Biden told the guests Monday.

“You know, we see it, across our communities, and schools, and colleges, and social media — they surface painful scars, from millennia of hate to genocide of the Jewish people,” he added.

The president, who was joined at the podium by second gentleman Doug Emhoff, called “upon all Americans to make clear there is no place for hate in America – against Jews, Muslims or anybody else.”