Biden’s Press Secretary Jen Psaki does little except circle back and dodge basic questions. But this time she outdid herself by refusing to answer whether the Biden administration considers Israel and Saudi Arabia to be allies, babbling that it’s going to take “interagency” processes and time to figure that out.
Not that there’s much to figure out.
Biden hates Israel and loves Iran. Despite every effort made to pretend otherwise.
Back under Obama, Biden was the means by which his boss forced a split with Israel claiming that some sort of deep offense had been inflicted by Israel when the city of Jerusalem passed a housing plan through one stage of a multistage process while Biden was visiting.
Hillary called it an insult and spent two hours yelling at Netanyahu over the phone. Axelrod declared it an affront. Biden was so furious that he refused to come down for dinner until an hour later. For weeks the media howled that Netanyahu had humiliated Obama through the dastardly act of allowing one of the country’s mayors to approve housing while the sacred presence of Joseph Robinette Biden Jr. was intersecting with Israeli airspace.
David Axelrod huffed, “This was an affront, it was an insult.” Hillary Clinton, Suha Arafat’s former kissyface partner, called Netanyahu to berate him. And then did it again in the round of interviews, proclaiming, “It was insulting. And– it was insulting not just to the vice president, who– certainly didn’t deserve that– But it was an insult to the United States.” Biden added his own voice. So did a bevy of underlines. Israel’s ambassador was summoned to be yelled at by the Deputy Secretary of State.
In his visit Biden had repeatedly insulted his Israeli hosts. First he brought along Chris Matthews who accused Israelis of disliking Obama because they’re racists. He arrived an hour and a half late to a ceremonial dinner. In other words he acted like every bit of the predictable buffoon that he is. Which is also not surprising given his history of hostility to Israel going back decades.
All of this goes much further back.
During that committee hearing, at the height of the Lebanon War, Sen. John Biden (Delaware) had attacked Israeli settlements in Judea and Samaria and threatened that if Israel did not immediately cease this activity, the US would have to cut economic aid to Israel.
Before Obama, Biden had been telling Israelis they would have to accept a nuclear Iran. He has a long history of being funded by the Iran Lobby, and his key policy appointees, from Rob Malley to Hady Amr to Maher Bitar are anti-Israel types. Biden is getting back into the Club of Dictators at the UN Human Rights Council, which spends most of its time bashing Israel, and his administration’s message at the UN, took a predictably anti-Israel trajectory.
Mills then states that, ” the United States will urge Israel’s government and the Palestinian Authority to avoid unilateral steps that make a two-state solution more difficult, such as annexation of territory, settlement activity, demolitions, incitement to violence, and providing compensation for individuals imprisoned for acts of terrorism.”
The campaign to stop “unilateral steps” is invariably directed at Israel. The first three points, two of them involving Jews living in parts of Israel claimed by the terrorists, e.g. settlement activity, while the latter two involve the PLO’s Palestinian Authority.
Equating people living in their homes with terrorism is already twisted. Terrorism is not a “unilateral” step. It’s an effort to murder people. And is illegal under United States law.
The beginning of the question asked about Biden’s delay in calling Prime Minister Netanyahu. By the end of it, Psaki wouldn’t even call Israel an ally.