Former Vice President Mike Pence penned a scathing op-ed in National Review on Tuesday, accusing President Biden of “weakness,” “confusion” and “betrayal” amidst the recent conflict between Israel and the Palestinians.
In the piece, Pence blamed the increasing conflict on the Biden administration. “Many Americans witnessing the recent bloodshed in Israel are perplexed by how quickly violence erupted after years of calm,” Pence wrote. “The answer is that President Biden and congressional Democrats have abandoned unambiguous support for our ally Israel, emboldened our enemies, and turned their back on the policy that yielded historic peace deals in the Middle East.”
First, Pence pointed out, the Trump administration publicly supported Israel and quite the “dangerous Iran nuclear deal.” It was under Trump that the American embassy moved to Jerusalem. All the while, they faced criticism.
“Every step of the way, Democrats and self-proclaimed foreign-policy ‘experts’ derided our administration’s approach and issued dire warnings that blood would soon flow in the streets of Israeli cities,” Pence wrote. “As usual, they were wrong.”
“But now, President Biden has sent the world a profoundly different message,” Pence went on. “Instead of seeking peace through strength, he has invited violence through weakness.” Pence blasted Psaki for refusing to answer the question of whether Israel was “an important ally” or not.
“Every tepid statement uttered by the Biden-Harris administration is built on a false equivalency between Israel and Hamas,” Pence wrote.
As far as solutions, Pence suggests all there’s left to do is pray. “Americans should pray for the peace of Jerusalem and stand without apology for our most cherished ally, Israel until the violence is quelled and Israel’s security is restored,” he wrote.
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CIA director meets with Israeli PM to arouse regional support following drone attack
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By Jenny Goldsberry
Central Intelligence Agency Director William Burns visited Israel Wednesday in an effort to rally regional support amidst attacks from Iran. Burns discussed possibilities for regional cooperation with Israel Prime Minister Naftali Bennett.
Late July, drones struck an Israeli tanker off the coast of Oman. As a result, two crew members died. Since then, the United States blamed Tehran for the attack. Iranian officials deny their involvement.
At the time, White House Press Secretary Jen Psaki said the White House was noticing a disturbing pattern. “We feel it follows a pattern of attacks and other belligerent behavior,” Psaki said. “And these actions also threaten freedom of navigation through crucial waterways — something that is posing a risk to a range of countries around the world.”
Therefore, the press secretary suggested that countries get involved. “You know, I would also note that we know our British partners have called for action, called for steps in a coordinated way from international bodies, including the United Nations, which we would certainly support,” Psaki said. Now, Burns’ visit symbolizes the United State following through on the White House’s comments.
According to a statement from Burns’ office, he met with Bennett after meeting with the head of Israel’s Mossad intelligency agency David Barnea. Burns met the Israeli leader in Tel-Aviv. “They discussed the situation in the Middle East, with emphasis on Iran, and possibilities for expanding and deepening regional cooperation,” the statement read.
Next, Burns will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.
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