Former US Vice President Mike Pence has written a scathing rebuke of the Biden administration’s actions regarding Israel and the weakness of the new US administration in the face of global terror.
In an opinion piece published this week in the National Review, Pence slammed the Democrats who he says 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.”
Pence explains that under the Trump administration, the world knew exactly where America stood when it came to Israel. Pence highlighted some of the positive things he and President Trump did in their four years in office, such as withdrawing the US from the disastrous Iran Nuclear Deal, recognising Israel’s sovereignty over the Golan Heights and Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria, and of course, moving the US Embassy to Jerusalem.
These actions were fought against by many Democrats and as Pence says, “self-proclaimed foreign-policy ‘experts'” who “derided our administration’s approach and issued dire warnings that blood would soon flow in the streets of Israeli cities.”
Pence points out, “As usual, they were wrong.”
Instead of bloodshed, Trump and Pence helped to broker peace deals with countries in the Middle East that were long seen as Israel’s enemies. And those who hated Israel were cautious to attack Israel because they knew the US had Israel’s back under President Trump.
These actions for good have now seemingly been undone under President Biden.
“President Biden has sent the world a profoundly different message,” Pence explains. “Instead of seeking peace through strength, he has invited violence through weakness.”
Pence charges that Biden has “emboldened anti-Semitic terrorist groups such as Hamas by shunning Israeli leaders and restoring more than $200 million in aid to the Palestinians that had been cancelled by the Trump-Pence administration. He unilaterally took the Iranian-backed Houthis off the list of designated terrorist organizations. And worst of all, he has announced his intention to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal, destabilizing the entire region.”
“When asked, Biden’s press secretary couldn’t even say whether Israel remains an “important ally” of the United States,” Pence lamented.
“Every tepid statement uttered by the Biden-Harris administration is built on a false equivalency between Israel and Hamas. One is a sovereign nation with a legitimate government, and a trusted ally. The other is an internationally recognized terrorist organization that has fired more than 3,000 rockets at Jewish families and businesses in the past week. There is no moral equivalency between Israel and the terrorist group Hamas.”
Pence says Biden should “uphold Israel’s right to self-defense and condemn the terrorists of Hamas — as well as their supporters and apologists — in the strongest possible terms.”
He explains that Biden failed to learn from the mistakes of the Obama administration in which Biden was vice president, detailing their failings in Syria, Libya and Iraq, with those cases of neglect allowing for extremist groups to fill voids left by the lack of leadership from the US.
In closing Mike Pence gives the perfect explanation for what the US should be doing to help restore peace in Israel.
“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 said. We couldn’t agree more.
We call upon the UK Government to officially recognise Jerusalem is Israel's capital and move its embassy to Jerusalem.