Josh Paul, a senior official in the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, publicly announced his resignation.
A longtime State Department official resigned over President Biden’s decision to provide lethal arms to Israel as it wages war on Hamas terrorists, informs ‘The New York Post’.
Josh Paul, a senior official in the State Department’s Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, publicly announced his resignation in a letter posted on his LinkedIn page, arguing that supplying Israel with lethal weaponry and ammunition is “impulsive” and “immensely disappointing.”
“I made myself a promise that I would stay for as long as I felt the harm I might do could be outweighed by the good I could do,” Paul, who worked in the State Department division overseeing arms sales, wrote in his note. “In my 11 years I have made more moral compromises than I can recall, each heavily, but each with my promise to myself in mind, and intact.”
“I am leaving today because I believe that in our current course with regards to the continued — indeed, expanded and expedited — provision of lethal arms to Israel — I have reached the end of that bargain,” he wrote.
Paul’s resignation comes on the same day Biden, during a high-stakes visit to Israel, pledged to ask Congress later this week “for an unprecedented support package for Israel’s defense.”
In his resignation announcement, Paul argued that supplying Israel with lethal weaponry and ammunition was “impulsive” and “immensely disappointing.”AFP via Getty Images
“I believe to the core of my soul that the response Israel is taking, and with it the American support both for that response, and for the status quo of the occupation, will only lead to more and deeper suffering for both the Israeli and the Palestinian people — and is not in the long term American interest,” he argued.
“This Administration’s response — and much of Congress’ as well — is an impulsive reaction built on confirmation bias, political convenience, intellectual bankruptcy, and bureaucratic inertia. That is to say, it is immensely disappointing, and entirely unsurprising.”
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