US President Joe Biden's choice to be secretary of state, Antony Blinken told Senate recognition of Jerusalem as Israel's capital will remain and embassy to stay in the city, adds that administration will return to nuclear deal if Iran returns to compliance and will seek a more comprehensive agreement.
Antony Blinken threw his support behind a two-state solution between Israel and the Palestinians but doubted prospects for such a deal.
"The only way to ensure Israel's future as a Jewish, democratic state and to give the Palestinians a state to which they are entitled is through the so-called two-state solution," Blinken said at his confirmation hearing before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee.
But he added: "I think realistically it's hard to see near-term prospects for moving forward on that."
Regarding the embassy and the outgoing president's recognition of the city as Israel's capital, Blinken said Biden will keep both decisions in place.
He also said that the new administration will come back into a nuclear accord with Iran if it returns to compliance, and Washington will eventually seek a stronger deal of greater duration. A new agreement could address Iran's "destabilizing activities" in the region as well as its missiles. "Having said that, I think we're a long way from there," Blinken said, adding that he would watch for Iran's next steps. (Any procrastination dealing with the Iranian nuclear program decisively will only bring closer the creation of an Iranian A-bomb, and rapid destabilisation of the region!)
Donald Trump staunchly supported Israel and sought to isolate the Palestinian leadership, giving support only for a limited, demilitarized state. (It would be a better solution is to move them all to Sinai!)
The Palestinian Authority refused contact with Trump, saying he showed bias toward Israel with major steps such as moving the US embassy to contested Jerusalem. (They prefer the usual anti-Israel bias from the administration in the White House!)
The US Embassy in Israel briefly changed its Twitter account name to include the West Bank and Gaza. The @USAmbIsrael account’s name changed to “US Ambassador to Israel, the West Bank and Gaza” around noon in DC (7 p.m. in Israel), when Biden was sworn in as president and David Friedman, a political appointee of former president Donald Trump, officially stepped down from the post.
Food for Thought. by Steven Shamrak
Fighting anti-Semitism and anti-Israel prejudice in media is a noble task. But no war has been won by defensive action only - Israel/Jews must set a clear national objective and pursue it, disregarding protests and opinions of the enemies and so-called friends!
Arab social media witnessed a 20% decline in negative attitudes towards normalization with Israel during the past four months. (Anything is achievable with the will and good ‘spin’!)
EU fumes as Israel pushes back at Biden with over 2,000 settler homes! Israel announced tenders for 2,572 settler units and Jewish homes in east Jerusalem as European officials met with the Foreign Ministry in protest. "reiterated their grave concern about announcements regarding new settlement units in the occupied West Bank and called to permanently halt the tendering procedure for Givat Hamatos." (It is Jewish land - Judea and Samaria - not "occupied West Bank", Jew-hating idiots!)
Abbas’ spokesman, Nabil Abu Rudeineh, calls for a firm international stance and a shift from condemnation to effective pressure on the Israeli government. "The Palestinian people are capable of opposing this occupation policy and they will not allow their land to be stolen and exploited as part of the Israeli election campaign for Netanyahu or any other element," he stated. (It did not take long - just one day after President Trump left office! And, since when has it been their land? He quoted UN Security Council Resolution 2334 - the last betrayal of Israel by Obama, which expressed useless “grave concern” in the usual anti-Israel bashing by ‘Ugly Nazi’!)
B’Tselem director-general Hagai El-Ad spoke at the Hebrew Reali School in Haifa last week, despite a ban on B’Tselem lectures ordered by Education Minister, Yoav Gallant. Gallant issued the ban to block the entry of groups that “contradict the goals of the education system, including calling Israel false disparaging names; opposing Israel as a Jewish, Zionist and democratic state; discouraging meaningful service in the IDF; or acting to harm or degrade IDF soldiers during or after their service,” (As usual, the group is not punished and continues to operate in Israel, thanks to generous financing by international anti-Semites and gutless Israeli politicians!)
The United Arab Emirates has signed an agreement with the United States to purchase 50 F-35 jets and up to 18 armed drones just before Trump left office. Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu and Defense Minister Benny Gantz recently announced that Israel would not oppose a US sale of advanced weapons systems to the United Arab Emirates.
United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres on Monday urged Israel to "halt and reverse" its decision last week to build hundreds of new settler homes in Judea and Samaria, one day after Israel approved the construction of 780 homes. The move has also been condemned by the European Union and the United Kingdom. (Ugliness of international anti-Semitism is reprehensible!)
Quote of the Week:
“Our Palestinian land is from the (Jordan) River to the (Mediterranean) sea. I dare any Palestinian, any senior Palestinian official, or any Palestinian leader to reduce the Palestinian map to the West Bank and Gaza!” - Tawfiq Tirawi, a senior Fatah member. – The same was said many times by Yasser Arafat and many other leaders of fake Palestinians! They did not and will not accept any peace plan!
Make Israel Proud Sovereign Nation!
by Steven Shamrak
Israel must stop looking for approval from international anti-Semites and so-called friends. It will never get it! Since 1948 they have been undermining Israel’s independence and even its existence. Only by exercising self-respect and determination to remove enemy terror threats and reunite Jewish ancestral land will the Jewish people be able to live peacefully in Eretz-Israel!
Why is Israel constantly seeking approval and searching for unattainable high moral ground? No matter how hard Jews have been trying to get it - this is a futile exercise; we have never received any respect, understanding and appreciation of our aspirations and humane efforts in dealing with enemies from international anti-Semites.
Contraire, Israel is denigrated by the endless successive resolutions eagerly adopted by the vicious attacks from numerous anti-Israel organisations, as well as by Arab appeasing states - like the EU and BDS supporters, Oxfam, Amnesty International, the Red Cross and innumerable others!
Why does Israel have to prove its "right to exist"? No other country has this pathological need – this is a strategy for losers!
Always on the defence, Israel behaves as if it has done something wrong, by allowing others to accuse it of crimes it has never committed. Israel’s leadership is persistently unable to make a psychological transition from the historic scars of anti-Semitic persecution. It needs to shake off the shtetl mentality and start acting as a proud nation!
The Jewish leadership is unwilling and incapable of recognizing that Israel is a modern, highly developed sovereign state with a powerful and capable military. Does Israel have an overriding sense of a viable political and military strategy or clearly defined direction for deal with its adversaries? This absence of clearly articulated and identified national goals and lack of self-respect has robbed Israel of decisive victory in its last five conflicts in Lebanon and Gaza.
While engaging in endless military conflicts, Israel proudly announced that it trucks supplies to the enemy during the conflicts – aiding and abetting the enemy! Israeli military gave advance notice to enemies in Gaza of its next military action, and even provides details about imminent targets. It is irrational behaviour – no army in the world acts like this during a military conflict!
Israel provides medical treatment to the enemy population, including the extended families of Abbas, and Khalid Meshal and Ismail Haniyeh of Hamas, all of whom have openly declared their genocidal intent towards Israel and Jews. This behaviour also deifies any rational logic and comprehension!
Wars are not won by winning the high moral ground, which international anti-Semites will not allow Israel to attain anyway - they are won on the ground, by decisively defeating enemies and not having to replicate the same conflict over and over, and over! It is well known that Israel’s enemies, Arab and Muslim states, respect only strength and have contempt for display of weakness – that how they perceive Israel’s behaviour!
The most insane of all, was bringing the exiled PLO terrorists into our backyard, legitimizing them and laying the foundation for yet another Arab State on Jewish ancestral land.
By giving up Sinai, three times, ceding the Temple Mount, unilaterally withdrawing from Gaza, and most catastrophically signing the Oslo Accords for a delusion of peace, and many more so-called confidence-building gestures Israel validates Albert Einstein’s famous quote: “Insanity: doing the same thing over and over again and expecting different results.”
By these bizarre displays of weakness, Israel only gives its enemies the hope and expectations that they will eventually be triumphant in destroying the Jewish state. This behaviour only encourages their perpetuating aggressions against Israel.
Jews are considered, even by their enemies, as smart people – this is not intelligent behaviour that one expects of an advanced military and industrial state! Jews need to change our shtetl mentality and stand as a proud nation and get rid of this incessant need for approval from others!