Danny Danon says he represents all Jews, not just Israel, at the United Nations. And the Bible gives the Jews rights to the West Bank. “We do have biblical rights to the land. This is our deed to the land. That’s biblical.”
Netanyahu will go forward with annexation once he sorts out the battle over its dimensions within the rightwing Israeli camp. Then he will unleash Sheldon Adelson to bring it to the White House and any thought Jared Kushner will stop it — do you believe Alice in Wonderland? The insights of Daniel Levy of the Middle East Project.
All 15 members of the Israeli Knesset’s Joint List have sent a letter to congressional Democrats, calling on them to oppose annexation. “Democrats have a decision to make,” JVP Action’s Beth Miller tells Mondoweiss. “Will they keep wringing their hands and expressing ‘concern,’ or are they going to do something about it?”
Over 100 organizations are calling on Joe Biden to support conditioning U.S. aid to Israel on an end to violations of Palestinian human rights.
Trump wants Israel “to move forward with annexation to create a wedge issue visavis Joe Biden and the Democratic Party [to have] a hard political tool to use against Democrats in a very tight election. We all remember last summer the brouhaha that Trump created over the potential visit of Rashida Tlaib and Ilhan Omar to Israel and accusing the Democratic Party of being leftwing radicals,” Israeli journalist Neri Zilber tells J Street webinar.
Susan Rice is reportedly a front runner to be Joe Biden’s VP pick. Over the course of her career she has criticized Israel, but never held it accountable.
Rep. Ted Deutch shows imbalance of US government in mideast policy. He is “frustrated” with Palestinian leaders for not recognizing Israel as a Jewish state and for demanding that Jerusalem be the capital of a future Palestinian state. But as for criticizing Israel, Deutch says he raises “concern” about Netanyahu’s annexation plans out of “love” for Israel.
Joe Biden has bent over backwards to tell the Jewish community he can work with Netanyahu and won’t sanction Israel if it annexes West Bank lands. He cannot afford to alienate the largest source of Democratic campaign funding, from pro-Israel Jews, a source Trump is making a play for.
Sarah Lazare and Branko Marcetic discuss Joe Biden’s track record on Israel and Palestine, his insufficient response to Trump’s Iran sanctions, and what his potential administration’s foreign policy might look like.