Biden declares that "order must prevail" amidst campus demonstrations against the Gaza War.

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,- President Joe Biden spoke on the continuing student demonstrations on college campuses around the country, focusing on the Israel-Hamas war in Gaza, in a major speech from the White House. Biden underlined the need of keeping order while preserving the right to protest in the face of growing criticism and calls for a different strategy.


The demonstrations have shook campuses all around the nation, driven by calls to stop American backing for Israeli military actions and the intensification of the conflict. Biden's comments follow days of quiet while Republicans tried to take advantage of the upheaval.


Biden underlined that while disagreement is necessary in a democracy, it cannot breed chaos. Citing the contentious past of such acts, most especially the terrible events at Kent State University in 1970, he vehemently opposed sending the National Guard to campuses.


Biden said that demonstrations shouldn't interfere with learning, but he avoided addressing certain demands made by demonstrators. Defiantly rejecting to exploit the circumstances for political advantage, he called it a time for clarity. The president stresses in his position the need of striking a balance between preserving public safety and allowing free speech.


The White House is still committed to fighting antisemitism. Husband of vice president Kamala Harris, Doug Emhoff, addressed threats and hate speech with Jewish leaders and students. In an effort to actively interact with student communities, Biden himself is set to visit Morehouse University on May 19.



Reluctance of Biden to consider changes in American support for Israel is consistent with his larger political stance. All of his career, Biden has put stability and compromise ahead of drastic change. His response to criticism is a practical one, moulded over many years in public life.


There were conflicting responses to the president's comments; some Democrats were disappointed that he didn't respond to protestor demands more forcefully. But Biden's campaign is still sure that a wide range of voters will find resonance in his position, which presents him as a voice of reason in these unsettling times.


Republicans have, meantime, used the demonstrations as a weapon against the government, charging Democrats with fostering chaos. Republicans including House Speaker Mike Johnson have condemned the disturbance and pushed Biden to respond quickly.


Former President Donald Trump has also commented, denouncing Biden's handling of the matter and charging him with missing a crucial moment. Trump's comments highlight how divided politics are about the demonstrations and the larger Israel-Palestine issue.


The White House has stayed out of campus matters even as it denounces violent protests. Karine Jean-Pierre, the press secretary, stressed the need of nonviolent protests but acknowledged the liberty of colleges to handle disturbances.


In his speech, Biden tries to find a careful balance between upholding public order and allowing free speech as hostilities simmer on college campuses. In handling difficult global issues, the president's reluctance to cave in to political pressure highlights his dedication to stability and consensus-building.


(Newsline Paper)

 

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