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Opinion: Give Biden a break, man.

Biden’s call to resume Camp David talks triggers leftist outrage. But can we please not throw the Palestinian people under the bus, just to /pwn/ Biden?

“If you’re a US critic of Israeli actions in Gaza and aren’t putting the blame squarely on the shoulders of Joe Biden — without whom none of this could or would happen — then you’re dishonest and/or don’t really care about anything but posturing.”

I love that Glenn is critical of leftist illiberalism and is exposing the Trump-Russia scam that the NazDems have been playing on us… but his recent anti-Biden message on Israel-Palestine affairs is obscure. Even stranger, is the fact that Glenn wrote it in response to Biden calling for Israel to resume Camp David talks… as if enforcement of UN Resolution 242 for a two-state solution were a bad thing? What, exactly, are we supposed to be blaming Biden for and why?

’til I’m blue in the face: Hamas ≠ Palestine. Biden has no love for Hamas, but he has always supported Palestine, and his actions as president prove it. Shortly after he was elected, and before he was even sworn into office, Biden started working for a long-lasting peace and to secure an independent and sovereign Palestine with pre-1967 borders… but the Left is now unwittingly helping Erdogan and Hamas derail him.

Three important things that the press has misreported on:

First: Biden admin did not block an Israel-Palestine ceasefire request from the UN. Despite misleading headlines, there was no “ceasefire” request. What they blocked was a “statement of concern“. So far, nobody has published the actual statement, so it’s hard to even guess why Biden didn’t agree with it.

Second: I personally hope Israel smashes Hamas and would not have minded if it was a new proposal, but the arms sale to Israel that everyone is freaking out over was submitted to congress before the hostilities started.

Third: Independent media is circulating a propaganda piece about how, despite his longstanding objection to Israel’s illegal encroachment on Palestinian borders, Biden’s longstanding support for Israel means he can not be trusted as an advocate for Palestine. That the video doesn’t actually refute the fact that Biden actively opposes Israeli encroachments is what makes it a propaganda piece.

Timeline of events relative to Israel-Hamas tensions.

“Those who think they own Jerusalem today will not even find a tree to hide behind tomorrow.”

— Recep Tayyip Erdoğan

On 06 December 2017, Trump ordered the US Embassy to be moved from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

On 12 December 2017, Erdogan declared and started organizing Jihad against Israel (maps and military strategy included), with Hamas playing a critical role.

On 25 March 2019, Trump signed an executive order recognizing Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights, increasing tension between Israel and Arab states.

In November 2020, shortly after the presidential elections, Biden spoke with the King of Jordan about working together to secure an independent Palestinian state, with pre-1967 borders. Jordan and Egypt began working with President Abbas of Palestine, “in preparation for engaging Biden’s administration”.

On 26 January 2021, Biden admin announced rapprochement with Palestine and restored aid packages to the Palestinian National Authority.

On 29 January 2021, Biden began the process for re-opening the PLO Mission in DC.

On 05 February 2021, the ICC ruled that “Palestine is a State party to the ICC Rome Statute, [and that its jurisdiction] extends to the territories occupied by Israel since 1967, namely Gaza and the West Bank, including East Jerusalem.”

On 09 February 2021, Biden admin expressed doubts over the legality of Israel’s annexation of the Golan Heights.

On 02 April 2021, despite earlier statements from Vice-President Harris opposing the ICC ruling, Biden lifted sanctions against the ICC that previously forbade them from litigating Israel-Palestine affairs. The White House commented that they still do not recognize the ICC’s jurisdiction over non-signatories of the Rome Statute, but decided that relevant issues could best be settled through ICC procedure.

On 12 April 2021, dozens of Arab residents in East Jerusalem were served with eviction notices, triggering outrage and protests.

On 17 April 2021, after Hamas fired two rockets at Israel and the IDF responded by destroying three Hamas facilities, Erdogan declared that Israel is the enemy of Islam and vowed to make sure that “all humanity knows” it.

On 23 April 2021, Hamas began large scale rocket attacks against Tel Aviv.

On 06 May 2021, Far-right Israelis exacerbated tensions in East Jerusalem when Israeli courts approved an appeals process for evictions and allowed Arab residents to remain in their homes while their notices were being contested. Agitators encouraged people to continue protesting, despite the eviction moratorium.

On 10 May 2021, Hamas escalated attacks against Jerusalem and Tel Aviv, with over 2,800 missiles, and Israel started aggressively targeting Hamas infrastructure in Gaza.

On 11 May 2021, Biden sent a letter to “President Abbas”, with references to “the State of Palestine”.

On 13 May 2021, Erdogan called on Muslims and Muslim nations to take action against Israel.

On 13 May 2021, The PLO expressed a desire for Palestine to be restored as a legitimate state with pre-1967 borders.

 

On 14 May 2021, Hamas declared a Day of Rage to encourage mass rioting. 19 Palestinians were killed and more than 4,000 were injured in clashes with Israeli security forces.

On 15 May 2021, Biden sent a Special Envoy to the Middle East, to mediate between Israel and Palestine.

On 16 May 2021 Biden called for resuming Camp David talks.

 

Support for compliance with UN Resolution 242 in the international community has grown, including from Pakistan, ChinaIran’s left wing party, and even the PLO. This is not insignificant, since the resolution calls for Israel to withdraw from Palestinian land that it began occupying after 1967, and for international recognition of both Israel and Palestine as legitimate sovereign states.

 

On 17 May 2021, Biden urged ceasefire negotiations in a call with Netanyahu, and the White House announced that they’ve been working with Egypt (who successfully negotiated a ceasefire in 2014), to help de-escalate hostilities.

On 18 March 2021, Anadolu Agency reported that Biden told Netanyahu that his “time was running out” and that he needed to “end aggression on the besieged territory”. Netanyahu allegedly asked for a few more days, and it was reported in Israeli media that the IDF needed “24-48 hours to complete the operation in Gaza”.

On 19 May 2021, Biden called Bibi to tell him his time is up.

On 20 May 2021, a ceasefire was successfully brokered. Let’s hope it holds.

President Biden’s remarks:

 

Our policy toward Israel-Palestine has been set. Providing aid and helping to rebuild Gaza and the West Bank with the PLO. Legitimizing and strengthening the PLO. Sidelining Hamas, and continuing to help Israel defend itself against their terrorist attacks. Strengthening the PLO’s governance of Gaza. Working with Egypt, Jordan, and the PLO toward fulfilling UN Resolution 242. 🙏🏽

#CampDavid

The only ones who should object to Camp David talks are those who support Hamas and/or their belief that Israel should not exist at all… which would also explain their advocacy for a Third Intifada and their objections to funding Israel’s defense against Hamas’ bombing campaigns.

If you are a supporter of Palestine and you’re not advocating for Camp David talks — for the sovereignty of both Palestine and Israel — then your mission may be more about smashing Israel than it is about securing peace, freedom, and prosperity for the Palestinian people.

 

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