Biden’s visit to East Jerusalem was always going to be nasty.
The visiting official refused to let Israelis accompany him to an event with Palestinians and just to drive the point home, his limo took off the Israeli flag, emphasizing that he does not recognize a united Jerusalem.
US President Joe Biden’s motorcade no longer had Israeli flags on it during a visit to a Palestinian hospital in east Jerusalem on Friday, despite his assurances that the stop is not a statement about Israeli sovereignty in its capital city.
The Biden administration refused to allow Israeli officials to accompany him
Today’s pictures of his limousine on its way to east Jerusalem, without the Israeli flag that has been flying at its helm until now, highlights the message he is trying to send; that the sovereignty of Jerusalem, Israel’s eternal capital, is on the table for negotiation, World Likud Chairman Danny Danon stated.
At the actual event, Biden didn’t just hurl symbolic insults.
Joe Biden has likened the treatment of Palestinians to Britain’s violent past in Ireland – sparking furious criticism of the “absurd and pathetic” comparison.
Speaking towards the end of his two-day visit to Israel, the US president said: “The background of my family is Irish American and we have a long history, not fundamentally unlike the Palestinian people, with Great Britain and their attitude toward Irish Catholics over the years, for 400 years.”
Former Capitol Hill staffer Boris Ryvkin tweeted: “Biden is saying the ‘Palestinian people’ are indigenous and the Jews, with ties to the land of Israel going back three thousand years across multiple sovereign kingdoms, are foreign colonists. Stuff you’d hear from the PLO or US English professors rather than the POTUS.”
Josh Hammer, opinion editor of the magazine Newsweek, wrote: “Shame on Isaac Herzog for giving this man some sort of honorary ‘friend of Israel’ medal.”
Stuff you’d heard from the Left. Which is exactly what this administration is.
Within the context of the event, these weren’t offhand remarks buried in the address, or improvised, they are how Biden intended to open his remarks. This is very much a continuation of the Obama administration’s approach to delegitimizing the Jewish State.