On Sunday, Republican presidential contender Mike Pence indicated that, if elected, he would order the deployment of U.S. soldiers into the Gaza Strip to rescue American hostages being held by Hamas.
Pence criticized the Bush administration’s “containment” policy, saying it was responsible for the “over to Hamas” of Gaza. Additionally, he blasted the Biden administration’s stance on Iran, saying it paved the way for Hamas’ attack on Israel.
The United States, to the best of the public’s knowledge, has not deployed soldiers to the Middle East, but the administration of President Joe Biden has reaffirmed support for Israel and is advocating for a military and humanitarian aid package to be sent there.
Pence has advocated for increased haste and action on the part of the United States to free any civilians who are Americans or dual citizens. Last Monday, after discussions with Hamas through Qatar, the terrorist organization released two American prisoners.
Trump’s national polling runner-up, Ron DeSantis, has called on Israel to employ “overwhelming force” to destroy the “Hamas terrorist infrastructure and networks.”
DeSantis, on the other hand, has declared that he supports only further help for Israel and is against sending U.S. troops to the Middle East.
DeSantis said that the United States should not grant refugee status to Palestinians who are trying to escape the region.
While serving as Trump’s ambassador to the United Nations, Nikki Haley made it her job to support Israel vigorously. The United States, she argued, must support Israel as it seeks to “kill” Hamas.
She has also called out DeSantis for his blanket anti-Semitism accusations against Palestinians.
One of the most outspoken supporters of American isolationism in foreign policy is Vivek Ramaswamy. He has extended this view to include Israel, suggesting that the United States gradually cut off financing to the Jewish state.
Ramaswamy termed Hamas’ attack “barbaric” and “medieval,” but he also warned against a “knee-jerk response” and advocated for a “cool-headed” strategy in Gaza to prevent the crisis from spreading.
Chris Christie, the ex-governor of New Jersey, claimed on X that Vice President Biden’s policy of “appeasement” “invited” the attack on Israel.
Trump criticized Netanyahu for not being ready for the attack, citing a failure in intelligence.