Joe Biden and the Democrats are resurrecting Barack Obama’s anti-Israel foreign policy.
During the eight years of his presidency, Obama painted a picture that Israel was responsible for the absence of peace in the Middle East. Obama’s demonization of the Jewish people reached its zenith in the summer of 2014 when Iran provided Hamas with the weapons and financing they needed to launch rocket attacks at civilians living in Israel in the hope that they would be slaughtered.
If that scenario sounds familiar, it’s because Obama’s anti-Israel foreign policy is being resurrected today as Palestinians bomb Israeli civilian centers while Joe Biden and the Democrats blame Israel for the lack of peace. And just as it was in 2014 when Obama abandoned our ally and refused to help Israel defend itself against terrorism, 2021 is fast becoming a 2.0 edition of his failed policies.
Even as he allegedly supported Israel’s right to defend itself against Palestinian terrorists, Obama played these cards following the 2014 attacks:
- Calling Palestinian offensive attacks on Israel morally equivalent to Israel’s defensive response
- Making nice with Iran — the instigator behind the attacks and the nation that vowed to destroy Israel by 2040
- Providing unconditional aid to the Palestinians while halting the sale of military arms to Israel
These anti-Israel actions by Obama left the nation uncertain of its alliance with the U.S. It provided Palestinian terrorists what they needed to continue and gave Iran the impression that they received a pass to attack our ally with impunity.
In 2021, Joe Biden and the Democrats are playing the same anti-Israel cards.
After initially expressing support for Israel, Biden’s inner Obama came through when he called on “both sides” to show restraint, an indirect suggestion that his administration favors the Palestinians in the dispute. Biden is calling this a sign of support for Israel’s right to defend itself, but he’s actually signaling that Hamas will be rewarded for what in any other context would considered war crimes.
Even though Biden approved the sale of $735 million worth of precision-guided weapons to Israel earlier this month, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other members of the “squad” who blame Israel for the conflict want to keep the sale from going through (via NationalReview.com):
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) is spearheading the initiative alongside fellow members of the left-leaning “squad,” including Representatives Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) and Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.), according to a draft resolution obtained by Politico.
The progressive lawmakers are pushing the Biden administration to use the weapons kit as leverage to push Israel to deescalate the conflict, although their resolution of disapproval is unlikely to make its way through the House in time to stop the arms sale.
The Democratic effort … follows a phone conversation President Joe Biden had with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu Monday, during which the White House signaled its support for a “ceasefire” in the rapidly escalating conflict between Hamas terrorist operatives in Gaza and the Israeli military.
In a statement explaining the resolution, Ocasio-Cortez said in part:
“For decades, the U.S. has sold billions of dollars in weaponry to Israel without ever requiring them to respect basic Palestinian rights. In so doing, we have directly contributed to the death, displacement and disenfranchisement of millions. At a time when so many, including President Biden, support a ceasefire, we should not be sending ‘direct attack’ weaponry to Prime Minister Netanyahu to prolong this violence.
“It is long past time to end the U.S. policy of unconditional military arms sales, particularly to governments that have violated human rights,” Ocasio-Cortez and the squad wrote to fellow Democrats seeking co-sponsors for their resolution in a letter obtained by TheHill.com. “The United States should be prioritizing humanitarian aid and upholding human rights, not rushing through arms sales that could fuel further violence.”
The United States should not be rubber-stamping weapons sales to the Israeli government as they deploy our resources to target international media outlets, schools, hospitals, humanitarian missions and civilian sites for bombing.
We have a responsibility to protect human rights. https://t.co/OctBNYFpwp
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 19, 2021
Geez . . . how Obama can you get?
In a discussion I had on this issue with a Trumpist, I was told how this problem wouldn’t exist if Trump was still in the White House. Of course, I disagreed with them because they are wrong.
Other than his decision to symbolically move the U.S. Embassy to Jerusalem, Donald Trump and his senior advisor, son-in-law Jared Kushner, promoted much of Obama’s foreign policy for the region — specifically the pro-Palestinian two-state solution.
Weeks after his inauguration, Trump picked up where Obama left off when he condemned Israel for building new settlements in the West Bank, saying that they “may not be helpful in achieving [peace].” And shortly after his confirmation, then-Secretary of State Rex Tillerson confirmed that the administration considered the two-state solution the primary “aspiration” for peace.
At a campaign rally in West Virginia in the summer of 2018, Trump essentially threatened Israel with extortion, telling the audience that “Israel will have to pay a higher price” for peace, and he promised to deliver “something very good” to the Palestinians “because it’s their turn.”
A few weeks later, Trump repeated his intention to push a two-state peace plan on Israel: “I like [a] two-state solution. That’s what I think works best. Now, you may have a different feeling. I don’t think so. But I think [a] two-state solution works best.”
Conservative Review Senior Editor Daniel Horowitz once called the two-state solution the “Obamacare of foreign policy” because it is just as catastrophic for foreign policy as Obamacare is for domestic policy.
In the months leading up to the 2020 election, Trump gave Kushner full control of Middle East peace plan negotiations which gave Ivanka’s husband the platform he needed to push the pro-Palestinian two-state solution, and he always took advantage of any opportunity to promote it.
For example, in a speech celebrating the relocation of the US embassy to Jerusalem, Kushner took the opportunity to reaffirm Trump’s commitment to the pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel peace plan when he said, “We believe it’s possible for both sides to gain more than they give — so that all people can live in peace — safe from danger, free from fear, and able to pursue their dreams.”
Despite his rhetoric about having the strongest pro-Israel platform “ever developed in the history of [America],” Trump’s Middle East policies had much more in common with those of his predecessor than not.
Back to Joe Biden and the Democrats. If you had any doubts about the pro-Palestinian/anti-Israel motivation behind their policies, House Democrats shot down the “Palestinian International Terrorism Support Prevention Act” yesterday — a bill that would have imposed sanctions on foreign entities known to have provided financial assistance to Hamas, among other measures.
By resurrecting Obama’s anti-Israel foreign policy, Joe Biden and the Democrats have figuratively — one could say literally — put a target on Israel’s back.
Please remember to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, and while you’re at it, ask God to show mercy to America. Because we are only fooling ourselves if we think America won’t suffer repercussions if this madness continues. (Zechariah 12:3)
David Leach is the owner of the Strident Conservative. He holds people of every political stripe accountable for their failure to uphold conservative values, and he promotes those values instead of political parties.