The State Department has confirmed with the Washington Free Beacon that President Biden’s administration is cuddling up to the Palestinian government which could violate the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995. “The Biden administration elevated diplomatic relations with the Palestinian government, in what diplomats warn is the first step to walking back the United States’ historic recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital” writes The Washington Free Beacon.
“A new office of Palestinian Affairs will be established in Jerusalem and act independently of the U.S ambassador to Israel’s office there” there reports the Washington Free Beacon. The 1995 Jerusalem Embassy Act mandated only a single U.S. embassy be placed in the holy city of Jerusalem.
“Opening a diplomatic office to the Palestinians in Jerusalem after the U.S. recognized Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, making it clear Jerusalem is part of Israel, has the same disastrous consequences as opening a formal consulate,” David Milstein, who served as special assistant to former U.S. ambassador to Israel David Friedman, told the Free Beacon. “This decision is a blatant effort to begin to unravel the implementation of the Jerusalem Embassy Act of 1995 and circumvent Israel’s clear opposition to a formal consulate, especially since the Biden administration admits this step is part of its plan to still open a consulate.”
The purpose behind this move “is to walk back the U.S. recognition of Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, erode Israel’s sovereignty over its capital city, and signal support for dividing Jerusalem. It is outrageous and shameful,” Milstein said. “Members of Congress should use every tool at their disposal to block implementation of this decision.”
Jason Greenblatt, former White House envoy to the Middle East and author of the book In the Path of Abraham, described the decision as a concession to the Palestinian government, which incites terrorism against Israel and pays salaries to convicted militants.
“Even more troubling is the reversal of the chain of command established by the Trump administration,” Greenblatt told the Free Beacon. “It is extremely bad practice for reporting on Palestinian affairs to go directly to the State Department without being run through the U.S. ambassador to Israel. So many of the issues they are responsible for are intertwined, and so much can be missed, misconstrued, or manipulated when the chain of command is disrupted.”
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Head of Iran’s Strategic Council on Foreign Relations said Iran is not only quite capable of a nuclear bomb, but also prepared to use it. According to a translation by Reuters, Kamal Kharazzi told Al Jazeera “Iran has the technical means to produce a nuclear bomb but there has been no decision by Iran to build it.”
“In a few days we were able to enrich uranium up to 60% and we can easily produce 90% enriched uranium.” Kharrazi also said Tehran would not hesitate to “directly respond” to Israel if “our sensitive facilities were targeted.”
Israel “is in a phase of weakness, and President Joe Biden’s support for it will not bring it back to the fore,” Kharrazi added. As ongoing talks are currently taking place in order to reestablish the 2015 nuclear deal, there are challenges due to “mistrust” on both sides.
“Our missile program and our regional policies” are not up for negotiation, Kharazzi said, because doing so would mean the regime would effectively surrender itself.
At a joint press briefing with Israeli Prime Minister Yair Lapid in Jerusalem, Biden said “I continue to believe that diplomacy is the best way.” Prime Minister Lapid publicly disagreed with Biden and made the bold statement:
“Words will not stop them, Mr. President. Diplomacy will not stop them. The only thing that will stop Iran is knowing that if they continue to develop their nuclear program the free world will use force. The only way to stop them is to put a credible military threat on the table.”
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