If you’re Israel, there’s nothing like being lectured on your domestic policy by a man who thinks that the United States and France kicked Hezbollah out of Lebanon. Joe Biden is probably the least-informed man in American politics when it comes to the Arab-Israeli conflict. That may be because he, like President Obama, want to portray some sort of moral equality between the violent and murderous Palestinian Arabs (yes, their population is largely violent and murderous, not just their leadership) and the Israelis, and knowing too much about the conflict would make it difficult to draw that sort of moral parity.
On Monday, Biden said, while visiting Israel, that,
“It is incumbent on both parties to build an atmosphere of support for negotiations and not to complicate them.”
He was responding to a decision by the Israeli government to erect 1,600 “settler” homes in East Jerusalem.
“Yesterday the decision by the Israeli government to advance planning for new housing units in East Jerusalem undermines that very trust, the trust that we need right now in order to begin … profitable negotiations,” blathered Biden.
This is soft anti-Semitism. I am one of the few American columnists who has called President Obama anti-Semitic based on his consistent association with anti-Semites, his comfort level with their rhetoric, and his obvious anti-Israel bias. As I wrote in May 2009,
“Obama’s attitude toward Israel demonstrates his belief that the Jews should be held to a higher standard than any other nation – the standard of unrelenting surrender.”
Biden obviously feels the same way. East Jerusalem is Israeli territory, conquered in 1967 and annexed. No number of specious UN resolutions can trump the basic laws of war that have governed humanity since time immemorial. Israel has every right to build apartment complexes on its own territory. But the Obama Administration feels this “undermines trust.”
What trust, exactly? The Palestinian Arabs celebrate every suicide bombing, refuse to accept the very existence of the State of Israel, train their children to murder Jews (watch Palestinian TV if you doubt it), and openly announce that they see the peace process as a Trojan Horse. Israel has made concession after concession, and has gained nothing but the blood of its own citizens. Yet the Obama Administration thinks that building apartment complexes is what stops the peace process from moving forward, not the outright hatred of Israel and Jews exhibited on a daily basis by the Palestinian Arabs.
Biden needs to shut his trap – probably an objective more difficult than actually achieving peace between the Arabs and Israel. He knows nothing about the conflict, but even more than that, he knows nothing about the nature of good and evil. Every time he pushes Israel to concede to evil, he underscores his own soft anti-Semitism and that of the Administration he serves.