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Israel Betrayed - by Guy Millière for the Gatestone Institute - 20.03.24

It seems clear that the Biden administration would like to see the rapid creation of a Palestinian state or at least a "Palestinian unity government" -- unfortunately composed of the Palestinian Authority and the terrorist group Hamas -- and, abracadabra, recognize it.


The Palestinian leaders have, in fact, been admirably clear: They do not want a state alongside Israel, they want a state instead of Israel.


"While Qatar is helping assemble a new 'technocratic' front for the terrorists, the Moscow summit made it clear that the real agenda of the new government would be terror against Israel and the U.S." — Daniel Greenfield, journalist, March 12, 2024.


"They [families of the hostages] can raise hell for the release of their loved ones – in media, in Congress, and by demonstrating in front of the Embassy of Qatar on M Street in Washington, D.C. Qatar is extremely and incredibly sensitive to being exposed in any way as a terror-sponsoring state... A single statement by a U.S. Department of Defense official, about relocating – or even considering relocating – this base from Qatar to another country that is not a state sponsor of terrorism is all it would take to get the American hostages released. Even indicating that the U.S. has other options besides Qatar would do it." — Yigal Carmon, Founder and President of the Middle East Media Research Institute, November 6, 2023.


Qatar is not an honest broker.... Qatar has been Hamas's main funder... Hamas is Qatar's pet; Qatar most likely does not want Hamas to lose the war and is sure to do all it can to secure that result.


It appears that the Biden administration would like to trade Netanyahu in for a doormat who would agree to a terrorist Palestinian state next door, a Hamas victory in Gaza and Iran having nuclear weapons.


It seems clear that the Biden administration would like to see the rapid creation of a Palestinian state or at least a "Palestinian unity government" -- unfortunately composed of the Palestinian Authority and the terrorist group Hamas -- and, abracadabra, recognize it.

 

February 15, 2024. President Joe Biden and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu have a long phone conversation. The communiqué published by the White House briefing room says they spoke about humanitarian assistance to civilians in Gaza and Israeli military operations.


A few hours later, Netanyahu posted a message on X, saying bluntly:


"Israel will continue to oppose the unilateral recognition of a Palestinian state. Such recognition in the wake of the October 7 massacre would give a huge reward to unprecedented terrorism and prevent any future peace settlement".


It seems clear that the Biden administration would like to see the rapid creation of a Palestinian state or at least a "Palestinian unity government" -- unfortunately composed of the Palestinian Authority and the terrorist group Hamas -- and, abracadabra, recognize it.


According to The Washington Post:


"The Biden administration and a small group of Middle East partners are rushing to complete a detailed, comprehensive plan for long-term peace between Israel and Palestinians, including a firm timeline for the establishment of a Palestinian state".


The article suggests that the US State Department is conducting a review of options for recognizing the "Palestinian state" as soon as the war ends.


The article also says that there is an "elephant in the planning room": the talks are taking place without any Israeli participation. As Netanyahu's message shows, they are taking place against the will of Israel's prime minister and his government. They are even taking place against the will of almost all members of the Israel's parliament (the Knesset): they voted 99-to-11 on February 21 to back the government's decision to reject "international dictates regarding a permanent settlement with the Palestinians and the establishment of a Palestinian state" and its "unilateral recognition".


How can members of the Biden administration think it will achieve any kind of "peace" between Israel and Palestinians under these conditions? They probably do not. They probably are just looking at the election polls in Michigan, where many Democrats who are likely pro-Hamas recently voted "uncommitted" in the party's presidential primary. How can officials in the administration even imagine being able to create a Palestinian state without Israel's acceptance?


They are probably hoping -- as with three years of US open borders, stifling US energy production and appeasing US adversaries such as Russia, China and Iran -- that they can get away with it.


How can the Biden administration fail to see that creating an essentially unrevitalized Palestinian state or a terrorist "Palestinian Unity Government" just months after the October 7 massacre would constitute a huge reward for terrorism?


The Biden administration also appears ready to reward terrorists. It already does. On October 18, the Biden administration gave $100 million in "humanitarian aid" to Gaza and the West Bank, just 11 days after the October 7 massacre -- knowing full well that Gaza was controlled by Hamas and that the money and aid would end up with Hamas.


The Biden administration, to its great credit, sent US Navy aircraft carriers to the area, munitions to Israel and has verbally supported it -- but they are also apparently trying not to lose the "Arab-American vote."


On January 26, 2021, six days after Biden was sworn in, acting US Ambassador to the United Nations Richard Mills said that the Biden administration would "restore aid" to the Palestinian Authority (PA). A few weeks later, without the Biden administration even asking the PA to stop funding terrorism, aid was restored.


In 2021, when Hamas attacked Israel, the Biden administration pressured the Israeli government to stop the Israeli response. When a ceasefire was implemented, Biden promised to provide rapid humanitarian assistance for the Gaza population and aid for the reconstruction of Gaza. Even then, it was clear that the aid would help the ruling terrorist group Hamas, whatever denials Biden stated at that time, such as: "We will do this in full partnership with the Palestinian Authority — not Hamas".


To "manage" the situation, Biden sent Hady Amr, a man who had written that the terrorist group Hamas should be included in the negotiations; Biden then named Amr the US Special Representative for Palestinian Affairs.


On January 19, 2021, Antony Blinken, who was not yet sworn in as Secretary of State, pledged that the Biden administration would negotiate a new agreement with Israel's main enemy in the region, Iran. Nine days later, having become Secretary of State, he appointed as Special Envoy to Iran Robert Malley, a man reportedly sympathetic to Iran and later suspended for activity currently under investigation – if the investigation has not been secretly dropped.


This 12 page article ends with these comments:


"Once the system is in place and if Israel has been pressured into withdrawing, it gives the terrorists a direct connection to their allies on the outside. And that includes so-called humanitarian groups...


"Biden's actions are a violation of Israel's sovereignty."


"At a certain point in the not-so-distant future, wrote Glick, "Netanyahu will need to say 'no' to the administration. It can only be hoped that the vast majority of Americans, who stand with Israel against its enemies, will stand with Israel when we arrive at that point".


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Dr. Guy Millière, a professor at the University of Paris, is the author of 27 books on France and Europe.


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