Biden, Democrats Turning from Israel’s Allies to Adversaries

By  David Israel, JEWISH PRESS NOV 19/23

Politico reported on Saturday that “Democrats’ unequivocal support for Israel’s military has been eroding in recent weeks,” beyond the familiar anti-Israeli position of the progressives in the House. Citing one Democratic Senator and one Congress Member, Politico revealed that “Democrats in the House and Senate are discussing how to create conditions for future military aid to Israel.”

Politico reported in a separate story (Biden orders top aides to prepare reprimands for violent Israeli settlers in West Bank) that “President Joe Biden directed top officials to prepare visa bans and sanctions for extremist Israeli settlers attacking and displacing Palestinians in the West Bank.”

The Cabinet memo circulated on Friday to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Treasury Secretary Janet Yellen on Friday, ordered them “to develop policy options for expeditious action against those responsible for the conduct of violence in the West Bank.”

Shortly after the Hamas attack, the Israeli government imposed a closure on the Palestinian Authority and barred entry for its residents, which included more than 100,000 Arab day workers. The decision also affected tens of thousands of PA Arabs with US citizenship. There’s no telling how many of them are Hamas sympathizers, nor does anyone in Israel have the time and resources to find out. It’s war, and you don’t take chances.

For that, Biden wants Israel to be punished.

According to Politico (Democrats in Senate, House discuss conditioning military aid to Israel), Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) hosted a lunch on Wednesday for Senate Democrats where Shibley Telhami, the Anwar Sadat professor for peace and development at the University of Maryland, shared with them his take on the war in Gaza. Tom Friedman and Dennis Ross were in the meeting as well.


On Sunday morning, Sanders tweeted: “The Netanyahu government, or hopefully a new Israeli government, must understand that not one penny will be coming to Israel from the US unless there is a fundamental change in their military and political positions.”

Sanders released a memo titled, “Sanders Calls for Conditioning Aid to Israel Amidst the Growing Crisis in Gaza and the West Bank.” He acknowledged that “Hamas has made clear, before and after October 7, that its goal is to destroy Israel. Under those circumstances, Israel absolutely has the right to defend itself.”

And then launched into the following tirade:

“While Israel has the right to go after Hamas, Netanyahu’s right-wing extremist government does not have the right to wage almost total warfare against the Palestinian people. That is morally unacceptable and in violation of international law. Displacing 1.6 million people from their homes, cutting off food, water, medical supplies, and fuel, and killing some 12,000 Palestinians – nearly half of whom are children – is in violation of every code of human decency. It must stop.”

The good Senator did not offer a solution to how exactly should Israel go after Hamas while not harming civilians in Gaza when Hamas surrounds itself with civilian human shields. He doesn’t offer a solution because he couldn’t care less.

In the past, we tended to belittle the influence Senator Sanders had on the more grownup Democrats who stood firmly in Israel’s corner, except, of course, when it came to the Iranian atomic program and the 2-state solution. But these days, the Sanders virus is spreading.


The Republican Jewish Coalition last week released this statement: “Democrat Senators – including Jacky Rosen (NV), Bob Casey (PA), Jon Tester (MT), Tammy Baldwin (WI), and Sherrod Brown (OH) – denied Israel the support it desperately needs at this perilous time. The Jewish community and pro-Israel supporters across the country expect moral clarity and righteous leadership from their elected officials – today, Senate Democrats failed.”

Clarification: the Democrats in the Senate blocked a rather haphazard move of House Speaker Mike Johnson to take $14.3 out of the IRS budget and award it to Israel. The calculated cost of this move was around $28 billion in uncollected IRS debt. It wasn’t a good bill, it was mostly for show, and it was dead on arrival. But the swift readiness of the Democrats to kill it, instead of negotiating an alternative extra-budgetary support to Israel, is telling.


The Sanders memo continued: “The US provides $3.8 billion a year in aid to Israel and the Biden administration wants $14.3 billion more (it doesn’t – DI). The Netanyahu government, or hopefully a new Israeli government, must understand that not one penny will be coming to Israel from the US unless there is a fundamental change in their military and political positions.”

Sanders repeats at every opportunity his wish that the Netanyahu government be toppled. One can only hope that the Biden government comes down first.

In any event, here are Sanders’s conditions, and, remember, this time around these anti-Israel ideas are shared by a growing number of Democrats in both houses:

  • An end to the indiscriminate bombing which has taken thousands of civilian lives and a significant pause in military operations so that massive humanitarian assistance can come into the region. This, in reality, means that Israel must lose the war on Hamas to qualify for continued US aid through 2028 (and who knows what happens then).
  • The right of displaced Gazans to return to their homes. What homes? There are very few upright-standing buildings in Gaza City. For the displaced Gazans to return home would require a massive investment of tens of billions of dollars, which is not currently forthcoming.
  • No long-term Israeli re-occupation or blockade of Gaza. Or, more simply put, an opportunity for Hamas to recuperate and resume its holy war to annihilate every living Jew (including Bernie Sanders).
  • An end to settler violence in the West Bank and a freeze on settlement expansion. Without, of course, an end to the repeated attempts by Arab terrorists to murder Jews in Judea and Samaria – the count stands at 38 since January 2023.
  • A commitment to broad peace talks for a two-state solution in the wake of the war. Or, let’s apply once more the plan that has been drowned in blood by Jew-hating Arabs since 1936. And it’s such a sensible plan, too. Let the two nations live in two separate countries. The only part not considered is the Arabs’ unrepressed need to kill Jews. Such a pity.

I don’t envy Bibi Netanyahu this week (or any other week). He is facing a well-financed, well-organized “free the hostages at any cost” movement at home aimed at jeopardizing the war on evil; and another unyielding coalition of Democrats, starting with President Biden and going who knows how deep into the ranks of Democrats on the Hill, also aimed at jeopardizing the war on evil.

Please, God, don’t let evil win.

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  1. “If you’ve been wondering why the president is reversing his open-arms embrace of Israel’s right to defend itself, replacing it with outrageous demands to pause the war efforts for five days to allow Hamas to recuperate, and his bizarre attacks on an imagined “settler violence,” we may have just hit the reason: Biden’s pollsters have long known what NBC News has only now found out.”

  2. Biden & the Democrats have been the political face for the Anglo American Establishment since 1913! Carroll Quigley!
    The Anglican./Episcopalian people are somev of the most Anti Semitic people in the World,..But in a very indirect & sneaky way!
    The British elites have spent the last 100 years trying to destroy Israel after WW1.
    Biden Was put into the White House by The Smartmatic Voting machines & tons of bribes to politicians in America!
    George Soros & his associate,Lord Mark Malloch Brown control Smartmatic,.Soros & Brown are Agents of the British Privy Council.The Council owns Biden!
    put the pieces together & figure it out!

  3. The only problem to be dealt with is American military equipment and money. I know that sounds like a lot, but what Netanyahu has to consider is, if the military aid and money is tied to Israel losing the war, is it worth it? And if so Why would it be worth it? What good are military equipment and money if they are tied to Israel giving up and letting Hamas win?

    This war has to be won, or Israel is lost. This one cannot be a half measure, as that will mean total victory to Hamas.

    Netanyahu has to think through his options for replacing the military equipment and money.

    If you just read this article, it makes it sound as if Sanders is speaking for everyone in the US government. He’s not. There are a lot of Democrats who are not in the pro-Hamas wing of which Sanders is a member. In fact there are about 20% of democrats in the pro-Hamas wing, so 80% of democrats don’t think like Sanders and about 80% if not more of Republicans are supportive of Israel.

    But that still doesn’t mean the path to legislative aid is a clear one. Biden said he would veto any aid to Israel that wasn’t packaged with aid for Ukraine.

    Aid for Ukraine is a dead letter in the Congress. So that is the biggest block: Biden.

    This is what happens whenever Israel is attacked: Everyone in the US government supports Israel and as soon as Israel shows it can win the war, support for Israel shifts to support for the Palestinians amongst the most progressive Americans.

    They pull out their pet phrase: Netanyahu is an “extreme right winger,” as if he is a Nazi, and they go on to try to justify their Jew hatred on that. But that is exactly what it is: Jew hatred. The New York Times does it, the progressives in Washington DC do it. This is their way of hiding their Jew hatred and making themselves appear virtuous and helpful to the poor victimized Palestinians who have just committed genocide. Notice they don’t listen to the Palestinians who keep shouting from the rooftops: “We don’t want a two state solution! We just want Israel destroyed!” Why don’t they listen? What would they have to do if they actually listened to the Palestinian people? Would they then have to admit openly that they, too, want to see Israel destroyed?

    I don’t think Israel should give in to those people. They are not Israel’s friends. They simply want to ensure a victory for Hamas, which they see slipping away, with every passing day.

    In fact Netanyahu should congratulate himself, because all this blowback means the IDF has been extremely successful, and these people are desperate to help Hamas win, to make the Jews back down and shut up, and accept a crippled version of a country.

    Is that what Israelis want? Do they really want to give up and go home and allow Hamas to re-arm and come at them again and again because Senator Sanders, the Israel hating Marxist told them to?