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Biden Is No Friend of Israel

Biden Is No Friend of Israel

President Biden’s articulated support for Israel — our most important ally in the Middle East — is an example of differentiating from what a person says and what they do – and sometimes even what they do not say.

Without doubt, President Trump was the most pro-Israel President in modern times.  He is the first to back up verbal support for the only democratic republic in the region with specific – and some may call bold – actions.

Because of Palestinian ties to the Iran-backed terrorist group Hamas – which now controls Gaza – Trump cut off funds to the Palestinians.  We must keep in mind that virtually all the missile attacks on Israel come from Gaza – currently more than 1,500.

Even worse, Hamas is poised to take over all the Palestinian territory. 

That is why the Palestinian Authority — which currently controls the rest of the Palestinian territory — canceled an upcoming election – an admission that they were about to lose to Hamas backers.

In a bold symbolic move, Trump moved the American embassy to Jerusalem – something previous presidents promised but never fulfilled.  This signaled that the United States believes that the control of Jerusalem is in the hands of Israel.

Prior to Trump, American presidents, and now Biden, endorsed the so-called “two-state solution” as the only road to eventual peace between Israel and Palestine.  That requirement has produced a stalemate for generations.  Trump did not remove the “two-state solution” as an option. He stated that a one-state solution must be considered – that would essentially deny the Palestinians a prescribed national homeland.

The two-state solution is doomed to failure because the Palestinians refused to accept the right of Israel to exist. 

Their policy has been – and is – the violent destruction of the Jewish State. And among the most extreme Muslim elements, a campaign of genocide against the Jewish people.  Palestinians still pay bounties on anyone killing Jews in an act of terrorism – especially suicide bombings.

A two-state solution under those circumstances would put a permanent warring NATION on the border of Israel. That would be a greater danger than even the current aggressive activities of Hamas.

In the Abraham Accords, Trump was able to get three Arab nations to make peace with Israel – committing to the right of Israel to exist and establishing important commercial ties.  This was a monumental achievement that the anti-Trump media simply refused to recognize and report adequately.

Now we have a raging battle between Israel and the Palestinians – particularly the Hamas faction.  News reporters say that the thousands of missiles are flying across the border has the look of war.  Well, duh!  It is war.

Biden’s policy seems to be to stand down.  Oh, Biden did say that Israel has the right to defend itself. But that is like saying birds have a right to fly.  It is what Biden has DONE before and since the conflict has escalated that is important. 

He basically leaned American policy back in favor of the Arab positions. 

That should come as no surprise since Biden was part of President Obama’s shift from a pro-Israel policy to one more favorable to the Palestinians.  They called it a “more balanced” policy. But no matter how you describe it, it moved the needle toward the Palestinian position.

Biden lost no time in doing the same.  He re-instituted the money to the Palestinians that Trump had ended.  He reaffirmed a two-state option as the only option acceptable to the United States. Thereby killing any hope of a resolution in the foreseeable future.

It is also important what Biden did not say.  He did not call out members of his own party in Congress who clearly made anti-Semitic comments – and who have backed severe anti-Israel policies, such as the Boycott, Disinvest and Sanction (BDS) movement. 

To date, Biden has not indicated whether he opposes BDS or supports it.  Rather he dodges the issue in the same way he dodges the entire Israeli-Arab situation.  Behind the scenes, Biden is likely to oppose such an overtly anti-Israel policy, but may be afraid of the backlash from the anti-Semitic elements in his own party if he says so out loud.

Apart from his wimpish endorsement of Israel’s right to defend itself, presidential advisors are putting out the message that the Biden White House will “stand back” in terms of the current conflict.  The President will just let it play out.  That is nothing less than the re-labeling of Obama’s miserably failed policy of “leading from behind.”

The “stand back” policy also sends a message to the world community that America sees equivalency between the Israeli and Palestinian positions – and that impression is very dangerous to Israel by giving license to anti-Semitic sentiments in the Arab world and among the greater international community.

The Biden team is complaining that – in terms of Israel – they inherited a difficult situation from Trump. 

That, of course, has been the standard mantra about every issue they cannot seem to handle in a positive manner.  Their complaint is predicated on the fact that it is virtually impossible to reverse ALL of Trump’s pro-Israel policies – only some of them. 

In many ways, the United States’ unwillingness to take a firm stand for Israel has been a major factor in the inability to resolve the issues – the never-ending hostilities.  America needs to do what Trump did – and Biden undid.  That is to tell the Palestinian leaders that you recognize Israel and cease the attacks, or you have no say in the outcome.  No concession on that central point … no negotiations, no money.  And no Palestinian state.  Land issues can be negotiated, but ONLY after the right of Israel to exist is accepted … period.

All the Trump policies that Biden has reversed have been to Israel’s disadvantage – and have played an unfortunate role in the current conflict.  Israeli President Benjamin Netanyahu has let it be known that Biden’s actions – or inactions – would not change Israeli policies.  It would not stop Israel from doing what it needs to do … to defend itself. 

So, there ‘tis.

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Larry Horist

So,there‘tis… The opinions, perspectives and analyses of Larry Horist Larry Horist is a businessman, conservative writer and political strategist with an extensive background in economics and public policy. Clients of his consulting firm have included such conservative icons as Steve Forbes and Milton Friedman. He has served as a consultant to the Nixon White House and travelled the country as a spokesman for President Reagan’s economic reforms. He has testified as an expert witness before numerous legislative bodies, including the U. S. Congress. Horist has lectured and taught courses at numerous colleges and universities, including Harvard, Northwestern, DePaul universities, Hope College and his alma mater, Knox College. He has been a guest on hundreds of public affairs talk shows, and hosted his own program, “Chicago In Sight,” on WIND radio. Horist was a one-time candidate for mayor of Chicago and served as Executive Director of the City Club of Chicago, where he led a successful two-year campaign to save the historic Chicago Theatre from the wrecking ball. An award-winning debater, his insightful and sometimes controversial commentaries appear frequently on the editorial pages of newspapers across the nation. He is praised by readers for his style, substance and sense of humor. According to one reader, Horist is the “new Charles Krauthammer.” He is actively semi-retired in Boca Raton, Florida where he devotes his time to writing. So, there ‘tis is Horist’s signature sign off.

9 Comments

  1. Ben

    Larry,
    Legitimate question, why do we meddle in Middle East affairs? We support Israel with an average of 3 BILLION dollars annually. That is a HUGE amount of treasure. I am not anti Semitic, I love all people ( except those that still have trump signs in their yards 7 months after he lost), but Israel is basically a welfare state living off America’s teet.
    In my estimation, this only goes to inflame anti American sentiment.

    Ok, now my typical liberal jab..
    If only Jared, the experienced diplomat ,had only finished his mission of “ Peace in the Middle East “

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    • GLenn S

      “Love all people except…” There’s typical Liberal Bullshit for you. Pretty much the entire world lives off of America’s teet in one form or the other. Your “elected” president and his socialist puppeteers’ policies just favor giving it to our enemies, over our allies.

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      • Ben

        Glenn,
        I said I didn’t love you freaks, not that I I hate you.

        I can see where you might think that. But I got an email yesterday entitled ;” Piss of your liberal neighbors with this flag, Don’t blame me, I voted for trump”.

        And then it dawned on me, supporting trump isn’t about supporting the thrice married man that has 5 kids by 3 different women who cheated on every one of his wives, 6x bankrupt , mean spirited, mumbling, talking in circles, whose policy actually hurt his base… it’s about getting back at liberals for some perceived slight by trying to piss us off.

        But you guys with your trump flags and campaign signs that are STILL up, don’t make me mad, in fact it makes me laugh. Another rube separated from their hard earned money.
        But my point stands, why would I love someone that is intentionally trying to piss me off?

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  2. Hatman1793

    I don’t know if you noticed this, but there are some truly appalling ads on your site…..

    Without T45’s steady hand on Israel keeping things calm, Mad King Biden*’s hands off policy & letting things play out doctrine spells doom for the Gaza strip & Hamas. All bets are off, the IDF can finally crush Hamas terrorists, leaving Abbas holding an empty bag.
    Of course the EU & the UN will condemn Israeli defensive actions & pour even more money in to help finance the jihad along with ballot-drop Biden*’s US taxpayer involuntary contributions.

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  3. Ben

    Larry, how do you feel about the Jewish sky lasers? Your party members are talking about?
    Seriously, I was hoping that you’d answer my question and help to educate me on why we spend billions of welfare dollars yearly on Israel?

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    • FrED

      Easy answer Ben. To protect us from commie bastards like you

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      • Ben

        FrED,

        Words have meanings.. I would consider myself a democratic socialist. NOT a communist. I wouldn’t expect you to understand the difference.
        Oh, and my parents had been married 2 years prior to my birth.

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  4. Ben

    Larry,
    I’m really disappointed that you haven’t responded to my original post in this thread. I really am interested in your thoughts concerning the subject.

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  5. Ben

    Larry,

    Speaking of not being friends with Israel…

    A quite from trump’s tiki torch marchers a couple years ago, “ Jews will not replace us”.

    Reply

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