Former Vice President Mike Pence blamed President Joe Biden for the current conflict between Israel and Hamas, saying that “weakness breeds evil.”
On Tuesday, Pence – a likely 2024 Republican presidential candidate – was out with a new video message and an opinion piece for National Review praised the Trump-Pence administration’s ‘unparalleled’ commitment to Israel.
“ But once President Biden took office, all that changed, and the results have rekindled the violence, ” Pence said in the video, adding that Biden has lost “ four years of progress toward peace. ”
Former vice-presidnet Mike Pence was out on Tuesday with a video message firing at President Joe Biden’s ‘weakness’ on Israel
Pence said Biden (pictured) shouldn’t have started giving US dollars to the Palestinian Authority and expressed interest in re-joining the Iran nuclear deal
Palestinian protesters confront Israeli forces at the Hawara checkpoint south of the city of Nablus in the occupied West Bank.
“Instead of seeking peace through strength, President Biden has offered weakness and ambivalence and, tragically, our friends in Israel are paying a terrible price,” Pence also said.
Pence said the Biden government was making a “false equivalence” between Israel and Hamas.
One is a sovereign nation with a legitimate government and a trusted ally. The other, an internationally recognized terrorist organization that fired more than 3,000 missiles at Jewish families and businesses in the past week alone, ”Pence said. “There is no moral equality between Israel and the Hamas terror group.”
Pence outlined a number of Biden policies that he believed contributed to the new conflict.
He condemned Biden for returning US funding to the Palestinian Authority and expressed his willingness to rejoin the Iran nuclear deal from which former President Donald Trump withdrew the US.
That deal had been negotiated by President Barack Obama’s administration, while Biden was serving as vice president.
He promoted the latest government’s decision to move the US embassy in Israel to Jerusalem and pointed to the Abraham Accords, peace deals between Israel and the United Arab Emirates and also Bahrain, negotiated during Trump’s tenure.
Pence hit Biden and Congressional Democrats – some of whom were extremely critical of Israel’s response to Hamas’s rocket attacks – by saying they had “ given up unequivocal support for our ally Israel, encouraged our enemies and policies that yielded historic peace turned their backs. in the Middle East.’
Biden apparently has learned nothing from the tragic foreign policy blunders during his time as vice president. President Obama’s thin “red line” in Syria, his decision to “lead from behind” in Libya, and his shoddy withdrawal from Iraq each created a power vacuum that was quickly filled by America’s enemies, “Pence wrote in National Review.
Now Biden is repeating those serious mistakes by creating a power vacuum of his own. He has replaced strength with weakness, moral clarity with confusion, and loyalty with betrayal, ”Pence continued. “Biden’s void is also being filled by America’s enemies – and Israelis are paying the price in blood.”
“Americans must 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,” added the former vice president.
During the Trump years, the now-former president put his son-in-law Jared Kushner in charge of negotiating a peace deal between the Israelis and the Palestinians. It was rejected in part because it was too biased in favor of Israel.
White House press secretary Jen Psaki pointed to Kushner’s plan when asked on Tuesday if the Biden administration believed the rationale behind the Abraham Accords should be reconsidered.
“I would say we are not following the same tactics as the previous administration. We – the president has restored humanitarian and security assistance to the Palestinians. That’s something that was stopped in 2018 and we felt it was not a constructive action from the previous government, ‘said Psaki.
“Aside from tabling a peace proposal that was dead on arrival, we really don’t think they have done anything constructive to end the protracted conflict in the Middle East,” added the press secretary.