Biden’s Latest Provocative Move Against Israel
United States President Joe Biden created a new post for a special representative for Palestinian affairs on November 22 in an attempt to improve U.S.-Palestinian relations. Both Yair Lapid’s caretaker government and Benjamin Netanyahu’s incoming government were notified beforehand of Hady Amr’s appointment.
Context for the announcement: In March 2019, President Donald Trump closed the Jerusalem consulate.
- The consulate had served as the de facto embassy to the Palestinians, thus merging the divided diplomatic missions to the Israelis and Palestinians.
- During his campaign, Joe Biden promised to reopen the Jerusalem consulate, which the Israeli government has staunchly opposed.
- While the consulate remains closed, a senior U.S. State Department official said the administration is still committed to its reopening.
In the meantime, the new special representative will “engage closely with the Palestinians and their leadership” and “continue to engage with Israel on Palestinian-related issues,” the State Department official said.
Why now? The Biden administration hoped to announce the promotion last May, reported the Times of Israel. But the move was put on ice after Palestinian Authority leader Mahmoud Abbas requested that the Biden administration not go through with it, deeming the move “insufficient in light of Washington’s failure to follow through on its promise to reopen the U.S. Consulate in Jerusalem.”
So, what changed? The Times of Israel sheds light on the answer: “Over the past year and a half, the Biden administration held off on fulfilling the campaign pledge, not wanting to destabilize the more moderate government led by Lapid and former Prime Minister Naftali Bennett that had been in place.” Now, as the Times of Israel pointed out, “that priority no longer exists as Netanyahu prepares to return to office.”
In other words, now that Biden doesn’t have to worry about inadvertently hurting the U.S.-kowtowing Lapid government, the gloves have come off. With Netanyahu returning, Biden is free to pursue pro-Palestine, anti-Israel policies. The creation of the new office will open the door for such policies.
Why it matters: As Trumpet editor in chief Gerald Flurry explains in his book America Under Attack, the Bible prophesies that Mr. Trump will soon retake office and lead a temporary resurgence for America. Given the closeness between Trump and Netanyahu, that resurgence could very well extend into Israel as well.
However, in the immediate future with Biden still in office, expect more provocative moves aimed against Israel and Netanyahu. Aside from Donald Trump, few are hated more by the radical left than Netanyahu. To understand why, read America Under Attack.