US attack on Israeli settlements is anti-Semitic: opinion

US Secretary of State Antony Blinken told Defense Minister Benny Gantz that Israel’s plan to approve a minimum number of desperately needed Jewish homes in Judea and Samaria was “unacceptable.” Blinken also imperiously and condescendingly demanded that “he expects Israel to give greater consideration in the future [to] the US position on the settlements ”, as if Israel were a banana republic. Similarly, US State Department spokesman Ned Price publicly attacked Israel and “strongly opposed” Israeli plans to approve minimal Jewish housing units during Tuesday’s State Department public briefing.

The Biden administration’s attacks are discriminatory and anti-Semitic, as demonstrated by Blinken and Price without saying anything about the 60,000 illegal Palestinian-Arab buildings erected with EU funds in the areas of Judea / Samaria under Israeli jurisdiction (Area C), and without opposing Israel’s approval of Arab houses are being built in Israeli areas. Demanding that only Jews should restrict housing construction in the Jewish homeland, while Palestinian Arabs can build whatever they please, would be illegal under numerous American human rights and housing discrimination laws.

These anti-Israel attacks ignore that (1) Israeli communities in Judea Samaria only comprise 3% of Judea / Samaria, and (2) the Palestinians, in any case, will not accept a state there if it means accepting Israel as a Jew. . State, as they rejected such statehood offers in 1937, 1948, 2000, 2001, 2008, 2014. And they did not establish a Palestinian Arab state from 1948-67 when the Arabs controlled all of Judea, Samaria and East Jerusalem. . Their goal is the destruction of Israel, not the constitution of a state.

The Biden administration’s attacks also violate Israeli sovereignty, international law, and US treaty obligations. Judea and Samaria are historical areas of the Jewish homeland, where Jewish kingdoms existed for centuries and Jews have lived for thousands of years.

Judea and Samaria are areas guaranteed to the Jewish people to reconstitute the Jewish state under binding international law, including the San Remo Resolution, the Covenant of the League of Nations, the Mandate, the Anglo-American Convention and Article 80 of the Charter of the UN. The last two International agreements are binding obligations of United States treaties, which constitute the “supreme law of the land” in the United States under the Constitution. In 2019, the US recognized that Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria are legal.

Antony Blinken (credit: REUTERS)

Furthermore, the public attacks by the Biden administration violate the “Biden Doctrine” that the United States should not publicly criticize its friend and ally Israel.

During Biden’s 2001 speech at the ZOA Brandeis dinner, Biden insisted that the United States should not publicly punish its friend Israel, explaining that public criticism “emboldens those in the Middle East and around the world who they still hold the elimination of Israel as their sacred goal. ” … It is not up to you to tell them [Israel], nor for me, what is best for them. We should give Israel the right to determine what opportunities will run. “

Nonetheless, Israel has gone to great lengths to appease the Biden administration, at the expense of Jewish families who need a place to live. Specifically:

• Israel’s Civil Administration Planning Council did not meet for 10 months (since before Biden took office), which constituted a de facto freeze on Jewish housing construction.

• The Planning Council finally plans to meet now to approve 3,000 housing units in Judea and Samaria. This is a fraction of the housing needed by growing Israeli Jewish families and the record number of Jews making aliyah following the rise of anti-Semitism around the world.

• Israel appeased the Biden administration by reducing Jewish housing units by 39%. As Gantz told Blinken, the defense minister had reduced, as much as possible, the number of Jewish housing that needed to be approved.

• Meanwhile, Israel approved the construction of 1,300 homes for Palestinian Arabs in Area C, which is under full Israeli control.

• Gantz approved the (unjustified) registration of 4,000 Palestinian Arabs in the Judea and Samaria population registry, warning Blinken that Israel “plans[s] to take more such measures soon. “

Clearly appeasing the Biden / Blinken administration doesn’t work.

That administration adopted extremely dangerous reasons for its discriminatory claims against Israel. For example, Price wrongly asserted that “the expansion of settlements … is completely incompatible with efforts to reduce tensions and ensure calm.” This essentially adopted the radical Islamist view that we cannot be “calm” if Jews live in the Jewish homeland.

Price did not mention the real causes of the lack of calm: the uninterrupted incitement of hatred of Jews by the Palestinian Authority and the payment of Arabs to murder Jews and Americans.

The Biden administration has many pressing domestic and foreign policy issues that require your attention. It is time for the administration to stop wasting its time mistakenly interfering with and attacking our greatest ally, the democratic and peace-loving Jewish state of Israel.

The writer is president of the Zionist Organization of America.

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