Representative Rashida Tlaib, Democrat from Michigan, confronted President Biden on Tuesday about his support for Israel in its campaign to bomb Hamas in Gaza, urging him to stop allowing a government she said , was committing crimes against Palestinians, according to a Democratic aide familiar with the exchange.
During a conversation on a Detroit tarmac, where Mr. Biden had arrived to visit a Ford plant near her Congressional district, Ms. Tlaib echoed a scathing speech she gave in the House last week, telling the president he must do more to protect Palestinian lives and human rights, said Aide, who spoke on condition of anonymity to describe his remarks.
His comments came as Israel stepped up its bombing campaign last week. Among Democrats in Congress, attitudes toward Israel have grown more skeptical as the party base expresses concern over Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians, and several senior progressive lawmakers, including Ms. Tlaib, have come out increasingly to criticize Mr. Biden for his position.
There was no immediate comment on the White House exchange.
Mr. Biden expressed his support for a ceasefire between Israel and Hamas militants in Gaza, but he did not ask for one, and he continued to assert that Israel has the right to defend itself.