Paul worked for the State Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, according to his statement and LinkedIn profile. The office manages defense relations with U.S. allies and oversees arms and weapons transfers. The Huffington Post broke the news on Wednesday.
His decision comes as the Biden administration has supplied arms and ammunition to Israel, a key longtime ally in the Middle East, following the surprise attack by Palestinian militant group Hamas on the country earlier this month . But the war has also been accompanied by emotional and sometimes vitriolic reactions from a divided public regarding America’s alliance with Israel through the region’s long-running conflict – a division expressed in events ranging from high-profile public protests to explosions on college campuses.
President Joe Biden, whose Democratic Party has increasingly expressed sympathy for the Palestinian people, has threaded a needle on the situation. While displaying government-wide support for the United States’ longtime friend, he also sought to express concern that Israel is acting humanely toward the Gaza Strip — a territory where he indicated that he would soon begin a ground invasion.
“The response of this administration – and much of that of Congress as well – is a knee-jerk reaction based on confirmation bias, political convenience, intellectual bankruptcy, and bureaucratic inertia,” Paul wrote in his statement. “That is to say, it’s extremely disappointing and completely unsurprising.”
During a trip to Israel on Wednesday, Biden announced $100 million in humanitarian aid to Gaza and the Israeli-occupied West Bank.
Paul did not immediately respond to a request for comment Wednesday evening. The State Department declined to comment.