Biden is the primary obstacle to Israeli victory

Polling shows that the overwhelming majority of Americans support Israel in this war and want it to destroy Hamas; the overwhelming majority of lawmakers from both parties share that view.

Caroline B. Glick (November 27, 2023 / JNS)

The time has come to discuss the Biden administration’s relationship with Israel. With each passing day, two things become obvious. First, Israel cannot fight the war without U.S. resupply of the Israel Defense Forces. As a consequence, Israel is beholden to the administration’s directives. And second, if Israel follows the Biden administration’s directives, it will lose the war.

Israel’s dependence on the United States was stated bluntly by retired IDF Maj. General Yitzhak Brick in an interview earlier this week.

“All of our missiles, the ammunition, the precision-guided bombs, all the airplanes and bombs, it’s all from the U.S. The minute they turn off the tap, you can’t keep fighting. You have no capability. … Everyone understands that we can’t fight this war without the United States. Period.”

Brick went on to explain that President Joe Biden’s demand that Israel permit “humanitarian aid” to enter Gaza means that he is demanding that Israel keep Hamas fully supplied with food, water and fuel.

His demand that Israel minimize Palestinian civilian casualties endangers IDF soldiers and renders the expansion of the ground offensive into central and southern Gaza, where the bulk of Hamas’s force is now located, almost impossible to carry out. Brick suggested various forms of long-term tunnel warfare and other suggestions for how the IDF may be able to defeat Hamas over time while operating within the constraints that Biden and his top advisors are dictating.

It is hard to judge whether Brick’s suggestions are workable without access to situational intelligence about conditions on the ground in southern Gaza. At a minimum, it is clear that Biden’s preference for the lives of civilians in Gaza over the lives of IDF soldiers on the ground ensures that far more soldiers will be killed in the fighting than would otherwise. Three weeks ago, the administration began demanding that Israel limit (or cancel entirely) its pre-ground battle aerial bombings. Consequently, in the week that preceded this week’s “humanitarian pause,” the IDF’s battle losses were overwhelmingly the consequence of sniper fire from Hamas terrorists hiding in buildings that the air force did not destroy before the battles, due to U.S. pressure.

Then there is the issue of the hostages. Israel is duty-bound to the hostages, their families and Israeli society as a whole to rescue them. There are two ways to do this. Israel can bow to Hamas’s demands, as it is presently doing by suspending its offensive, and endangering Israel’s soldiers and civilians by permitting Hamas to rebuild and reorganize its forces, and by releasing terrorists from its prisons and retuning them to Jerusalem and Judea and Samaria. Or it can renew its military operation, locate the hostages and rescue them itself. Clearly, the second option is preferable.

Securing aid from America

Until Monday, it appeared the reason that Israel had accepted the deal it is currently operating under owed to its inability to locate the hostages. The London-based Daily Express reported on Monday that the real reason Israel is not rescuing the hostages—and instead agreed to the current deal with all of its tactical and strategic costs—is related to the Biden administration’s directive not to harm Palestinian civilians.

Based on Israeli sources, the British Daily Express reported that Israel knows where many of the hostages are located. It has opted not to rescue them because Hamas is holding the hostages among civilians. Rescuing them would involve collateral damage to those Palestinians and risk U.S. resupply, which Israel cannot fight without.

Here it is important to note that the number of actual civilians that have died as a result of Israel’s bombings remains unknown. On Oct. 25, Biden acknowledged that the Gaza Health Ministry’s data on civilian casualties lacks credibility in light of the fact that the Health Ministry is simply an organ of Hamas and reports the numbers it is told to report by Hamas’s terror masters. That data counts every dead terrorist as a dead civilian.

Israelis were thrilled with Biden’s statement. But the next day, he apologized for it. According to Fox News, in a meeting with Muslim American leaders on Oct. 26, Biden apologized for telling the truth.

“I’m sorry. I’m disappointed with myself,” he said.

Since Oct. 26, the administration has embraced as fact Hamas’s casualty counts and uses them as the basis for its demand that Israel minimize Palestinian casualties. The administration’s willingness to ignore the fallacies at the heart of those data indicates that its policy is based on something other than concern for Palestinian civilians, and therefore is not a tactical challenge that Israel may be capable of contending with and still win.

To be sure, Biden, Secretary of State Anthony Blinken, National Security Advisor Jake Sullivan and Defense Secretary Lloyd Austin have all expressed their solidarity with Israel, as well as their revulsion at Hamas’s actions and desire to see the genocidal jihadist terror group defeated. And to be sure, Biden has taken steps to resupply Israel—requesting $14.3 billion in military supplies to Israel (although the assistance has yet to be approved by Congress or signed into law by Biden). These positions and at least partial actions lend credence to Brick’s assessment, shared by the IDF and the government, that the challenge the Biden administration’s position on civilian casualties in Gaza is an operational or tactical challenge and not a strategic conundrum.

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  1. To clarify my comment and add to those that followed, I doubt Biden would want to be seen as ‘punishing’ bad boy Israel if we went ahead and did what needed to be done, contrary to his desires. The wealthy left wing Jews who support him against all reason would be very mad, even tho the left wing loonies would count a coup.

    I feel my personal honor is at stake if Israel turns the other cheek and absorbs more terrorism, more attacks, whittling down her size and her honor. Is that just me, or do others feel the same?

  2. I think we should be bold and continue the war to eliminate Hamas and dare the US Adminsitration to stop supply of weaponry against the will of the majority of ordinary righteous Americans. Whilst also seeking supply elsewhere like the Czech Republic. Otherwise we will have shown defeat which doesn’t go down well in Middle Eastern culture. And of course set up our own manufacture of weaponry for greater independence.

  3. I have not studied this article. I will.

    But based on my writing just now I disagree

    “Biden is the primary obstacle to Israeli victory”

    No in the first place Israeli leadership is.

    Biden is weak and will not refuse to sell Israel the arms

  4. I couldn’t agree more with EvRe1. “Israel needs a plan for military independence from the US. It needs to set up its own weapons manufacturing and/or purchasing agreements for arms from other countries.”
    Israel has achieved prowess in many fields – medicine, technology, agriculture – and should be able to do so in arms manufacturing. Arms can also be bought elsewhere. The dependence on feckless, fickle US aid seems to be a psychological leftover from millenia of living under the thumb of oppression. Time to stand up tall!
    BTW, I can’t give clicks anymore to comments. Somehow the website stopped letting me.

  5. Israel is in a no-win situation. The Biden Administration is a pro-Iranian government. He essentially wants to give the Palestinians the ability to fulfill their dream: “from the river to the sea.” That would be the practical end result of what will happen if they are given a “state” from the West Bank to Gaza, and Gaza has no naval blockade, with Israel having no military control over the West Bank or Gaza. Think about it.

    It is inconsistent with Israel’s survival. Biden is demanding Israel commit suicide and saying, “do this or we won’t give you the weapons you need.”

    What can be done?

    I think this war is not going to end with Hamas being destroyed.

    I think the war will be aborted short of Israel’s goal.

    But I think that immediately after that, Israel needs a plan for military independence from the US. It needs to set up its own weapons manufacturing and/or purchasing agreements for arms from other countries. The entire military establishment in Israel which has been based upon US support for years is going to need to change and adapt to the new “normal.”

    Once Israel is fully independent of the US militarily, Israel will be free to deal with Hamas, PA, PIJ, and other terrorists the way it needs to with no country compromising Israel’s security from outside Israel.

    Americans do not have representation in Congress anymore. Representatives and Senators appear to be representing globalists and billionaires, not the people who voted for them. The policies, if any do come out of Congress, appear to be policies to meet the needs of the globalist donor class. So it’s not the people who vote for them that get the ear of Congress, it is the people who pay for their campaigns that get their ear. Congress has been captured by international corporate interests, just like every other federal agency has been.

    Congress hasn’t even passed a budget since 2007. It is essentially dysfunctional. It is a Potemkin Village, pretending to be a Congress for the cameras.

    So Caroline Glick’s hope of getting Israel aid through the Congress is wishful thinking: there is gridlock now because Biden won’t sign for money for Israel without money for Ukraine. But Americans know the Ukraine war is over and don’t want any more money laundering there.

    If Congress does approve the aid for Israel, and they should, I would be surprised. They have basically been AWOL in terms of solving problems for the American people for years.

    Now if Trump wins the election in 2024 Israel will be in a better position, but that is a big “if.” We don’t know if we even have free and fair elections in the US anymore. And if he gets elected, will he be neutered by globalists inside the deep state who are calling the shots now?

    By the way, who really IS in control of the US government? What are their names? How did they get in the position of command and control to run the government?

    It appears that we have a lot of political elites who are puppets, including all of Congress and Biden himself, but who is pulling their strings?