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Biden orders removal of Israel occupation reference from election campaign

MEMO | August 8, 2020

US Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden has ordered the removal of any reference to the Israeli occupation in his campaign programme just days before it was released on 15 July, Foreign Policy revealed on Thursday.

Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who withdrew his presidential campaign in favour of Biden, had agreed with Biden that he would include in the Democratic Party platform an assertion that Palestinians had a right to live free of foreign “occupation”, referring to Israel.

However, under pressure from pro-Israeli advocacy groups, Biden made a last-minute decision to remove any reference to the Israeli occupation, Foreign Policy reported three sources confirming.

Therefore, Biden aides asked the progressive leaders in the Democratic Party and urged them to drop their demand to declare Israel an occupying power, the magazine reported.

According to the magazine, Biden aides argued that the inclusion of the word “occupation” threatened to undermine unity within the Democratic Party.

“The question of whether to allow the text to refer to ‘occupation’ or use the phrase ‘end the occupation’ was taken to the vice president and he said ‘no’,” Jason Isaacson, chief policy and political affairs officer at the American Jewish Committee, told Foreign Policy.

“This is not an issue on which the party can bend because it would be contrary to the position of Joe Biden,” Isaacson added.

Foreign Policy noted that the retraction reflected Biden’s reluctance to reverse decades of staunch support for Israel.

It also stated that this retreat marked something of a victory for the party’s establishment, which has sought to preserve close relations with Israel, even as its Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has moved increasingly close to the Republican Party and its standard-bearer, President Donald Trump.

“The party platform section on Israel and Palestine is a clear victory for those supporting a return to mainstream Democratic policies of the past and a loss for the progressives seeking more restrictive or conditional support for Israel,” Peter Mulrean, who served for three decades in the State Department and subsequently oversaw United Nations aid programmes for Palestinians, informed the magazine.

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6 Comments »

  1. Effing Zionist-stooge dementia-ridden Biden. Eff’im.

    And eff Bernie if he doesn’t take an immediate militant position in resistance to Biden. In fact, eff the whole “Democratic” half of the duopoly that services uber alles the agenda and means of militant/political Zionism.

    Like

    Comment by roberthstiver | August 9, 2020 | Reply

  2. But, but, but… so many Democrats have insisted that they want to protect Israel. With money. With policies. With censorship. With laws prohibiting Americans from expressing disapproval of Israeli criminality. With anything they declare is hate speech. With more and more “memorandums of understanding”, such as insuring that Israel will have oil delivered if there is a shortage for any reason, before supplying America with oil–the moa’s are so extensive and binding that to list them is more than is possible here.

    And, don’t forget, the Democratic leaders who have dual citizenship, thus working against American interested, for the interests of a foreign nation, a foreign power, which…

    is not an ally to America. It is the opposite.

    Israel and its Zionist partisans are the ruination of America, in so many ways, so many ways that by now they’re accepted, invisible and entrenched.

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    Comment by michael | August 9, 2020 | Reply

  3. “However, under pressure from pro-Israeli advocacy groups, Biden made a last-minute decision to remove any reference to the Israeli occupation”.

    “Foreign Policy noted that the retraction reflected Biden’s reluctance to reverse decades of staunch support for Israel”.

    Is this coming election about the USA, or ISRAEL. This is about the American People voting for an American President, isn’t it? And yet, Israel is at Centre Stage in this election, or, haven’t the American people noticed the absolute interference by the “Israel Lobby” in America’s domestic affairs?
    The Wars for Israel doesn’t get a mention, but Presidential Candidates MUST show unwavering support for another Foreign Country, WTF?

    The USA could save itself a lot of hullaballoo, if Mr Netanyahu just moved Israel’s Capitol to Washington, where they already hold FAR MORE POWER, than the American people.
    What a Disgrace!!

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | August 9, 2020 | Reply

  4. We non-Americans remain astonished, if not amused, that there are still so many within the world’s largest police state, who actually believe they have a 2 party system, that voting makes a difference, and in their state-run media. Does prove one thing tho – propaganda works.

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    Comment by Lou Cassivi | August 10, 2020 | Reply

    • The USA government, Military Industrial Complex, including the MSM, are completely under the control of the Israeli Lobby, and, no one, from the President down, dares to admit it, for fear of having their “Dirt Files” made public…..

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      Comment by brianharryaustralia | August 10, 2020 | Reply


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