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Israel snubs Biden request to halt actions that could embarrass the US President

MEMO | June 16, 2022

US President, Joe Biden, sought assurance from Israel that no action is taken in the occupied West Bank and Jerusalem that could create tensions ahead of his controversial visit next month to the Apartheid State. Biden’s team made the request to the Israelis in what seems to be an attempt by the White House to avoid repeating the embarrassment Biden suffered over a decade ago when he visited the territory as Vice President under the administration of Barack Obama.

During the 2010 visit, Biden vowed unyielding American support for Israel’s security. The Israelis returned the favour by humiliating the then vice President with an announcement to build 1,600 new Jewish only houses, in illegal settlements, in occupied East Jerusalem. Biden condemned the move as “precisely the kind of step that undermines the trust we need right now.” A statement by the White House condemned “the substance and timing of the announcement.”

Barbara Leaf, the US Assistant Secretary of State for Near East Affairs, and her deputy for Israeli-Palestinian affairs, Hady Amr, are laying the groundwork for Biden’s visit scheduled for 13-15 July. Leaf asked Israel to halt actions like home demolitions, evictions of Palestinians and decisions on settlement building, as well as decrease Israeli military operations in the West Bank until after Biden’s visit, officials told Axios.

The Israelis have said they are not able to give such assurances, but they will, nevertheless, try their best. According to Axios, senior members of the Israeli team, including Defence Minister, Benny Gantz, told Leaf they will do their best, but explained the domestic political complexities of halting such actions, in addition to what they called the operational needs of the Israeli military in order to stop attacks.

With the trip coming fresh after the Israeli killing of Palestinian journalist, Shireen Abu Akleh, the Americans are fearful of a global outrage coinciding with Biden’s visit to the Apartheid State. “The Biden administration doesn’t want us to create any crisis in the West Bank … They want quiet and calm” for Biden’s visit, a senior Israeli official is reported saying.

Not only is the US team desperate to avoid embarrassment for Biden, they are also putting together a plan to show that the US President is capable of making progress. Israeli, Palestinian and US officials said Leaf, Amr and US ambassador to Israel, Tom Nides, tried to put together a package of tangible deliverables for the Palestinians to coincide with the Biden visit.

But they did not make significant progress on the package because there are not enough meaningful things the US can give and Israel is not willing to take any steps with political significance that will be enough for the Palestinians, the officials said, according to Axios.

“We need a political horizon. We want to hear President Biden say what his detailed position regarding the two state solution is,” PLO official and adviser to the Palestinian Authority (PA) President Mahmoud Abbas, Hussein Al-Sheikhal-Sheikh, is reported saying. “The US wants the visit to take place in a good atmosphere – different than the one now,” Al-Sheikhal-Sheikh added implying that Washington is more concerned about its image than it is about Israel’s daily human rights violations.

In a blow to the Biden team’s effort to portray the US President as the broker of peace, the PA and Israel rejected their proposal to meet. Palestinian officials stressed that such a meeting should include an Israeli commitment to the two-state solution based on the 1967 borders, otherwise, the meeting would be useless.

June 16, 2022 - Posted by | Ethnic Cleansing, Racism, Zionism | , , , ,

4 Comments »

  1. What a leash Israel has on Joe “I’m a Zionist” Biden, as well as the Congress of the United States. What groveling subservience. What extortion. On and on…

    This snub, this bravado by Israel that it does what it wants, serves only itself, comes after additional money is “allocated” for Israel by American politicians, some which have dual citizenships, mind you, and, whether they get ‘angry’ with that pointed out, it’s true. It’s so obvious, but denied, that it should be pointed out. All the years of proclaiming criticism is anti-semitic, or attempts to “delegitimize” Israel are attempts to silence outrage or critics who cite the barbarity of its treatment of its non-citizen citizens: anyone who’s not a jew.

    Israel is not an ally to America. It is the opposite. Its relentless trampling, brutality and war-making continues to drag America into the maelstrom it is creating. How soon will it either make a false-flag to ignite a new war, with Iran, or Syria or Lebanon or the withered corps of a people who have been conquered, imprisoned and war-torn for 75 years, the longest continuous war of this century?

    And America sides with it, enables it, encourages it and defends it as it does these kind of things to America and the middle east.

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    Comment by michael | June 16, 2022 | Reply

  2. “Not only is the US team desperate to avoid embarrassment for Biden, they are also putting together a plan to show that the US President is capable of making progress”.

    The USA is the “Most powerful Nation on Earth” isn’t it? Why is the USA “desperate to avoid embarrassment for Biden”??? When the USA is Bombing the crap out of Arab, Asian, or South American countries, the American President never feels embarrassment…..”Surely they can’t be serious”?
    Who can embarrass the American President?…..oh, yeah, that’s right…..Israel treats consecutive Presidents with UTTER CONTEMPT, and America takes it on the chin….meekly.

    WHAT have they got on you guys???
    …..

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    Comment by brianharryaustralia | June 16, 2022 | Reply

  3. The answer to the question in the second comment is rhetorical, of course, but a real question. The answer probably known, but the sentiment is asking readers how America is held hostage by a foreign country, Israel, when Israel is not an ally to America.

    The quote, “You are owned by those you can not criticize” applies to this hostage taking of America. Its origin and/or author is not as significant as its meaning and accurate application. Liken it thus: if the criminal is not apprehended, then charged, then prosecuted, he is not brought to justice. It’s as though no crime was committed.

    No wonder then, Israel has set out to disallow criticism for its crimes.

    Internationally, by ignoring the International Criminal Court, to say it has no jurisdiction over Israel, Israel will not participate in proving itself innocent of the crimes to which it is accused. This does not ‘absolve’ it of the crimes. It still is accused. It is still and even more a criminal in the eyes of the world body politic, morality and ethics and laws. Proclaiming lack of jurisdiction does not nullify the crimes.

    To “What have they got on you guys???” there are answers. The above is one. Fear, is another. Another is how Israel and its partisans have succeeded to inflict pain for opposition.

    Consider, briefly cited, as examples of censorship, or suspected crimes:

    The assassination of Alex Odeh, and American, in 1985, is one. Shireen Abu Akleh, another. The list of those killed to silence them, thus “no crime reported, no accounting” and it’s all legitimate.

    This inflicting pain extends to Europe: look to Ursula Haverbeck as to what can happen to a person who states something which is forbidden by a country’s government, and the very enactment to have a government do Israel’s filthy work is an example of how successful Zionism and it partisans have been.

    Actually, the destruction of Germany, how peace proposals were disregarded by Churchill, are examples of the extent of war making by the jews which controlled Churchill. This can still be researched, unless it is also censored. This can be regarded as revenge war. Unless much reading and research is done as to how so, that very statement may seem…anti-semitic or even crazy.

    Look to Julian Assange as to what can happen to a person who attempts to publish what a country’s government does not want known, perhaps not done by the ZOG, but how laws can be twisted to maintain censorship.

    In America, the list of how ZOG has made American politicians subservient to Israel is endless.

    For the Western world, a victory has so subtly set in place that its status quo is taken for granted, is almost unquestioned.

    It is a victory. It is a victory of persuasion, of fear, of forced thinking, of a campaign some two millennium or more and now the fulfillment of a Greater Israel, the likes of which will bring an armageddon because it will broker nothing else. Stop at nothing else. Enlist any and all to align with it, to battle for it, to pay money by ways of extorting from aligned countries to do so with endless lies and manipulations.

    That’s what they’re doing, that’s what the intention.

    There’s the answer. The conquest continues, unabated. To question it, becomes part of what is to be conquered. Vanquished. And then plundered.

    American ‘foreign aid’ to Israel is plunder. As above, only a conquered, vanquished country is plundered.

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    Comment by michael | June 17, 2022 | Reply


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