Despite putting some aggressively anti-Israel figures on the Israel-PLO beat, the Biden administration has had limited interest in the Jewish State. There were too many domestic concerns and Russia-Ukraine had managed to suck most of the foreign policy oxygen out of the room.
That may be about to change.
After Israeli voters backed a center-conservative coalition to be led by Netanyahu, the Biden administration has fired the first shot even before the new government takes office.
The inciting incident here is the death of Qatar’s propagandist Shireen Abu Akleh operating on behalf of the Islamic terror state’s Al Jazeera network, favored by Jihadists from Osama bin Laden to Hamas.
Abu Akleh died while operating in a warzone back in May. No one is sure who killed her, but Islamic terrorists and Israeli soldiers were in a firefight at the time. The terrorists and their political allies blame Israel. (Google’s micro-capsule summary outrageously describes the terror network employee as being “assassinated”.) They’ve tried to turn her into another Khashoggi with a permanent blood libel.
The Biden administration predictably leaned into that narrative, but didn’t go any further.
The U.S. Justice Department recently informed the Israeli Justice Ministry that the FBI has opened an investigation into the death of Palestinian American journalist Shireen Abu Akleh, who was killed in May while covering an Israeli military raid in the occupied West Bank city of Jenin, Israeli officials said Monday.
Why it matters: Such an investigation is highly unusual. Israeli Defense Minister Benny Gantz called the FBI decision “a grave mistake” and said Israel will refuse to cooperate.
The investigation could lead to a U.S. request to investigate the soldiers who were involved in the operation — a request Israel would almost certainly reject.
The investigation could also lead to tensions between the Biden administration and the Israeli government.
As it’s meant to do.
This is the first of a number of manufactured crises that the Biden administration is ginning up aimed at the incoming Netanyahu government.
Why use the FBI to launch an investigation of Israeli actions against Islamic terrorists now? And where are all the FBI investigations of American citizens killed by PLO-backed terrorists funded by taxpayer money?
Biden’s NSC spokesperson called the Qatari terror network’s propagandist, “a fearless reporter whose journalism and pursuit of truth earned her the respect of audiences around the world.”
The timing here is pretty clear. The Biden regime is preparing to renew Obama’s assault on Israel.