During his trip to Israel, US Secretary of State Anthony Blinken made many remarks that showed a disturbing level of cognitive dissonance, describing a political perspective that contradicted the events taking place around him.
Blinken gave a speech after meeting with Prime Minister Naftali Bennett on Sunday. The US diplomat’s mind was elsewhere as he opened his speech by describing the dire situation in Ukraine.
He then moved on to emphasize his commitment to the “two-solution” which would address “some of the challenges facing Palestinians”.A “two-state solution” would create an unprecedented Arab state within Israel’s borders that has been ethnically cleansed of Jews with its capital in an exclusively Muslim Jerusalem. Patterned after Gaza, this would increase the mandate of the armed Palestinian Police.
Blinken noted that the Biden administration is strengthening its ties with the Palestinian Authority towards this end, notably by increasing funding to the PA by half a billion dollars since April 2021.
It should be noted that one month after this aid began, over 4,600 rockets were fired at Israel from Gaza and Israeli Arabs carried out vicious riots and attacks inside Israel. There were 902 Arab terrorist attacks on Israelis in the period between March 2021 and September 2021.
Blinken then cited the main obstacles to a negotiated peace:
“Today, we also discussed ways to foster a peaceful Passover, Ramadan and Easter across Israel, Gaza and the West Bank, particularly in Jerusalem, a city of such profound importance to Jews, to Christians, to Muslims. And that means working to prevent actions on all sides that could raise tensions, including settlement expansion, settler violence, incitement to violence, demolitions, payments to individuals convicted of terrorism, evictions of families from homes they’ve lived in for decades.”
These statements condemning Israel came in response to an explicit demand by PA President Mahmoud Abbas made earlier in the day in a meeting with Blinken.
Just a few hours after Blinken uttered these accusations of Israeli aggression, two Palestinian terrorists armed with automatic weapons killed two Israeli police officers and critically wounded four more in a shooting attack that took place Sunday evening in Hadera. Even worse, he made these accusations five days after a terror attack in Be’er Sheva that left four Israelis dead and two more wounded. The Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist organization claimed responsibility for the murders.
Also on Sunday, three yeshiva students were attacked by Arab mobs armed with clubs and stones as they walked near Homesh in Samaria.
On Friday night, Arabs set up an ambush outside the Jewish town of Ma’ale Levona in the Binyamin region, building a barricade of rocks on the road. Three young women managed to evade the Arab mobs waiting for them.
It should also be noted that while Israeli settlement expansion is blamed for preventing negotiations despite being frozen for over one year, there has never been a call for an equilateral expectation that the PA freeze expansion. In point of fact, the PA has repeatedly stated that it is not bound by the Oslo Accords and, aided by European funding, is pursuing an aggressive campaign of expansion as part of the Fayyad Plan which includes illegal building in areas the Oslo Accords set aside for Israeli settlements.
The meeting began with a dark portent as the Israeli Prime Minister referred to Judea and Samaria as the “West Bank.” The term was used to refer to Judea and Samaria while illegally occupied by Jordan from 1948-to 1967. The term implies that the Jews are not indigenous to the region, that it has no Biblical import, and that it is part of Jordan.
While the US plays lip service to its commitment to Israel’s security, Bennett expressed concern at the Biden administration’s policies concerning Iran:
“As I just shared with you in the meeting, we’re concerned about the intention to delist the IRGC, the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps,” Bennett said.
The delisting is part of the ongoing effort by the administration to resurrect the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA), commonly known as the Iran nuclear deal.
“[Iran’s] proxy, the Houthis, just this weekend carried out a horrific attack on Saudi Arabia,” Bennett noted. “I hope the United States will hear the concerned voices from the region, Israel’s and others, on this very important issue.”
His statement underscored the impact of the Biden administration’s policy on the region, distancing former US allies who are threatened by a re-empowered Iran. The negotiations have also forced the US to make concessions to Russia which has demanded that they lift sanctions put in place due to their invasion of Ukraine.