Biden’s impossible demand

His visit to Israel was a study in cognitive dissonance.

By Caroline Glick  October 20, 2023 

( JNS) In nearly every statement and speech U.S. President Joe Biden gave during his brief sojourn in Tel Aviv, he insisted that Hamas does not represent the Palestinians and that the Palestinian Authority is their true representative. The P.A., the president insisted, does not share Hamas’s goal of eradicating the Jewish state and the Jewish people. Biden foresees a future where the P.A. is in charge of the Gaza Strip, and Israel agrees to a Palestinian state in Gaza, as well as in Judea and Samaria.

On Friday morning, the P.A. provided guidance to its mosque preachers ahead of its weekly services. They were told to declare war on Israel and join the jihad whose goal is the annihilation of the Jewish state and people.

As HaKol HaYehudi news service and Regavim’s research department revealed in a joint release, the P.A.’s guidance read: “We call upon our Palestinian people: The preservation of public and personal property is a religious and moral national duty … our Palestinian people … cannot raise a white flag until the occupation [aka Israel] is removed and the independent Palestinian state is established with Jerusalem as its capital.”

The guidance continued with the passage from the Islamic hadith that calls for genocide of the Jewish people.

“The time will not come until the Muslims fight the Jews and the Muslims kill them, until the Jew hides behind the stones and the trees and the stones or the trees say, ‘O Muslim, O Servant of God, this is a Jew behind me. Come and kill him.”

As the hours passed on Friday, Jewish communities in Judea and Samaria added more sandbags and firing positions for Israel Defense Forces to their already reinforced entrances.

Biden’s visit to Israel was a study in cognitive dissonance. On the one hand, he spoke warmly and emotionally about the U.S.’s commitment to Israel’s security. And on the other hand, the goal of his visit—to enable supplies to enter Hamas-controlled Gaza and preserve the open falsehood that the P.A. is a responsible, non-genocidal alternative to Hamas—indicates that his actual policy is deeply hostile towards Israel. As he put it on his way back to Washington in remarks to reporters aboard Air Force One: “My goal was … basically to get humanitarian aid into Gaza and to get as many Americans out who wanted to get out—could get out as possible.”

After noting that he secured Israel’s agreement to his demand, Biden added: “And the second thing was that I wanted to make sure there was a vehicle, a mechanism, that this could happen quickly.”

In other words, it wasn’t enough for Israel to bow to his demand; he wanted to ensure that the acceptance would be followed by action. According to cabinet ministers, Biden also conditioned U.S. military supplies to Israel on Israel’s pledge not to preemptively attack Hezbollah, which has been steadily escalating its aggression against northern Israel through cross-border raids and missile strikes.

Biden reasonably expected that in light of his open, single-minded pursuit of his goal of constraining Israel’s freedom of action, the Arab leaders in surrounding states would treat him as their friend. Yet rather than be greeted with the respect due to the leader of a superpower who is constraining the actions of the Jewish state, he was treated with unprecedented contempt. Jordan’s King Abdullah, P.A. chief Mahmoud Abbas and Egyptian President Abdel Fattah al-Sisi abruptly canceled their planned summit with Biden in Amman. They used Hamas’s false accusation that Israel bombed the Al-Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City earlier this week, which reportedly killed 500 civilians, to justify their action.

Never mind that within an hour of the initial claims, Israel demonstrated conclusively that it was an errant Palestinian Islamic Jihad missile en route to Israel, which fell short of its target, that caused the damage. As far as the Arab leaders were concerned, Hamas’s libel gave them license to dismiss the president of the United States like a servant.

Rather than respond with anger to the sleight, Biden maintained his single-minded effort to use Israel’s need for U.S. munitions as a means to force Israel to constrain its offensive operation and end its effort to block Hamas’s resupply through Egypt. Biden praised the Arab leaders who insulted him. He upheld Abbas as a peacemaker. And he refused to pressure el-Sisi to allow Palestinians to cross the border into Egypt to escape Hamas’s clutches and seek a safe harbor in a third country.

The West responds on cue

Biden’s insistence that Israel permit humanitarian aid to enter Gaza shows that he is a willing participant in Hamas’s war plan. Hamas, like all the jihadist terror groups targeting Israel, follows a war doctrine with two phases.

In phase one, the jihadists massacre Jews. Their tactics adapt to their circumstances and capabilities. Sometimes, they use axes, knives and rocks. Sometimes, they use suicide bombers. And sometimes, they use assault rifles or RPGs or ballistic missiles. On Oct. 7, they used all that and with Jews under their power, the depths of their sadism were given full expression through the unimaginable atrocities they perpetrated on their victims—men, women, children, even infants.

The second stage of their war begins when Israel launches its retaliatory response. As soon as Israel opens fire, they insist Israel is massacring their “innocent civilians.” They insist that they are experiencing a “humanitarian crisis.” They show canned footage of civilians wailing and bloody. And, when the opportunity arises, they disseminate a blood libel against the Jews, accusing Israel of committing the crimes they just committed against the Jews.

They then sit back and wait for two things to happen—and both inevitably do. First, they wait for their fellow jihadists throughout the Islamic world to join their jihad. Second, they wait for the West to condemn Israel and block it from defeating them.

Hamas’s false claim that Israel killed 500 civilians at the Gaza hospital and the world’s response was a case in point.

As soon as Hamas, operating under the title “Gaza Health Ministry” began disseminating its blood libel, the Islamic world responded on cue. A mob began rioting outside Israel’s embassy in Amman. Crowds in Turkey and Morocco began calling for jihad against the Jews, and Israel promptly dispatched El Al carriers to evacuate Israeli civilians from both countries. Hamas leaders abroad, along with Al-Qaeda and ISIS issued calls for their members to kill Jews worldwide.

In Beirut and Bagdad, jihadist riots incited by Hamas and Iran led thousands to surround the U.S. embassy in Beirut and riot in Baghdad’s central squares. U.S. forces in Syria and Iraq came under repeated drone attacks by Iranian-backed terror militias.

The West also responded on cue and with unbridled eagerness. First, the media jumped into action. Every major and minor media outlet from Paris to New York and Los Angeles blasted the claim that Israel had bombed a hospital in Gaza and killed 500 innocent civilians. All demanded to know when a ceasefire would be established, and when Israel would lift its siege of Gaza and allow humanitarian aid to enter.

All agreed that Israel had lost its moral right to attack Hamas for its one-day Holocaust or for the fact that it is illegally holding hostage 203 Israelis, including 30 children and 10 seniors. No one noticed that the main humanitarian crisis in Gaza is the plight of those hostages—not the terror army and terror-supporting society holding them captive.

When Israel proved that it was Islamic Jihad, Hamas’s partner, and not the Israeli Air Force that was responsible for the assault on the hospital, media organizations from The New York Times and Washington Post to the BBC insisted that Israel’s proof wasn’t definitive. Even after Biden arrived in Israel on Wednesday and acknowledged that Israel had not bombed the hospital, Sky News maintained that the question of who was behind the bombing remained “shrouded in uncertainty.” And anyway, everyone agreed, the most important thing to do now was secure “humanitarian aid” to Gaza.

The problem with that claim is that there is no such thing as “humanitarian aid.” Since Hamas is in charge of Gaza and controls its border with Egypt, Hamas oversees and controls everything that comes into the area. It will take whatever it wants and give whatever is left to its supporters—the last people in Gaza who need the world’s assistance. So the entry of supplies into Gaza is nothing more than the resupply of Hamas. When questioned by CNN, Biden’s Deputy National Security Advisor Jon Finer couldn’t explain how the United States can prevent Hamas from taking control of the goods entering Gaza.

Resupply of Hamas is an operational disaster for Israel.

Hamas’s military infrastructure is almost entirely located in a warren of underground tunnels. An estimated 40,000 terrorist fighters and Hamas’s military leadership are living and operating from within the tunnels. To defeat Hamas, Israel needs to fight those forces above ground, not below ground where their tactical advantage is decisive.

Siege of Gaza must remain hermetic

On Thursday night, IDF Maj. General Yitzhak Brick gave an extended interview to Israel’s Channel 14 in which he set out Israel’s operational challenges and imperatives in Gaza and beyond. Brick served for more than a decade as the IDF’s ombudsman, and from his position, he exposed and warned about the major failings of the IDF’s operational readiness. His warnings, published in a series of detailed reports, were roundly dismissed by the IDF General Staff. IDF generals refused to take Brick’s criticism seriously and dismissed the hero of the 1973 Yom Kippur War as a relic who doesn’t understand modern-day warfare or technology.

On Oct. 7, every operational failure Brick warned of manifested itself. Since that catastrophic day, Brick is finally being listened to.

He warned that Hamas is preparing a death trap for IDF forces. To properly execute the offensive, Israel needs a hermetic siege of Gaza. All electricity and water must be cut off from the tunnels. That can only happen if the siege of Gaza remains hermetic. By blocking electricity and water, Israel will force Hamas’s terror army to come aground, where Israel will be able to defeat them. This process, Brick explained, may take several months, and the ground offensive must be delayed until it is completed because it is the only way for Israel to defeat Hamas.

In the meantime, Brick explained, Israel needs to develop a civil guard comprised of civilians, equipped with the weaponry required to defend its civilian population from jihadist attacks from the P.A. in Judea and Samaria, from Hezbollah in northern Israel, and from Arab-Israeli jihadists throughout the country. The P.A.’s declaration of war on Friday is further evidence that Brick must be listened to.

Given the nature of Hamas’s war footing, Biden’s insistence on resupplying Hamas under the guise of “humanitarian aid,” directly undermines Israel’s operational requirements. And it renders the U.S. president Hamas’s greatest defender.<

Since Biden departed, cabinet ministers have been stating openly that Israel has no choice but to obey Biden. Otherwise, we will lack the capacity to wage war. But it appears that they have it precisely backwards. If Israel obeys Biden—no matter how many U.S. platforms it receives—it will be unable to win the war. Israel’s only chance of achieving its imperative of destroying Hamas as a military organization and a regime is to reject Biden’s demand and block all resupply to Hamas.

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  1. FELIX-

    You are 100% correct. Just 2-3 years back they were talking about building 3 modern cities in the Sinai to house the Gazans, developing factories, industry and the coastline.

    For some reason it never progressed. The population is reputedly about 1/2 million, but 20 years ago it was less than 10,000, and when Woodrow Wilson sent emissaries there to see what kind of govt they wanted , they could only find less than 2000, grouped around 3-4 oases, who had never heard about the War, nor that they were living in a place called Sinai. All they knew about, were handfuls of dates , skins of water, and occasionally a bit of goat’s meat.

    So Wilson’s crew gave it up as a bad job.

    But that Vast Open, Empty space is the Obvious area to settle Gazans.

  2. Unsurprisingly, Biden is using double speak to deceive Israelis to believe he is on their side while, at the same time, aiding and abetting Israel’s genocidal enemies —- Hamas, Hezbollah, Palestinian terrorists in Judea and Samaria, and the Islamic Republic of Iran.

  3. You see this man does not give up in his hatred for Russia. This is over a century of Catholic Church dogma


  4. The Sinai is the obvious place for these Arabs to set up camp. Sisi does not want that but then of he says anything derogatory about Israel he should be told to shut his mouth.

    The Biden PLO Hamas strategy

    “Biden’s insistence that Israel permit humanitarian aid to enter Gaza shows that he is a willing participant in Hamas’s war plan. Hamas, like all the jihadist terror groups targeting Israel, follows a war doctrine with two phases.

    In phase one, the jihadists massacre Jews. Their tactics adapt to their circumstances and capabilities. Sometimes, they use axes, knives and rocks. Sometimes, they use suicide bombers. And sometimes, they use assault rifles or RPGs or ballistic missiles. On Oct. 7, they used all that and with Jews under their power, the depths of their sadism were given full expression through the unimaginable atrocities they perpetrated on their victims—men, women, children, even infants.

    The second stage of their war begins when Israel launches its retaliatory response.’

    Biden is absolutely at centre of.all of this

    It can be defeated because Israel today is not the same Israel of October 6

  5. @Michael Putin and Kim Jong Un can’t restrain the IDF. Biden can. Israel has always fought her own battles but the U.S. has arm twisted Israel to be dependent for
    resupply. The U. S. has always played both sides against the middle. Not one American soldier has ever laid
    down his or her life
    for Israel. Ever. The Biden admistration is packed with Jihadists and Jihadist sympathizers and agents in sensitive positions. Israel does
    way more for the U.S. than the other way around.

  6. Seeing those pro-HAMAS demonstrators holding up portraits of Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un, It is extremely difficult for me to see Caroline — who was born in the US — venting not on them, but on the American president. I imagine this has something to do with the saying, “Where there is one Jew, there are two opinions”.

    I am not Jewish, and hold only one opinion at a time. When my country is at war, regardless of who occupies the White House, I support the GIs who have laid their lives on the line for my people. I am also thankful that, whether soundly reasoned or misguided, President Biden’s administration has laid down (howbeit not very clear) boundaries of US military policy in the Middle East:

    Denys Davydov pilotblog
    9 hours ago
    The US Secretary of Defense in an interview with the ABC network:

    We suggest to any country or organization that wants to expand the circle of combat or benefit from it, not to do so. We will not hesitate to act militarily if the conflict expands.
    This is a public military threat, on behalf of the US Secretary of Defense to intervene in hostilities.

    It remains to be seen, which side Austin’s forces plan to support; but I doubt that either he or his boss want to be standing side-by-side with Putin and Kim — and HAMAS. All things are possible, but time will tell.

  7. Many thanks Caroline. The information about what Biden demanded of Israel is not common knowledge. It is a shame that Israel needs to depend on “friends” like him. Even the package deal that Biden is asking from Congress is likely to come with strings attached assuming that Israel does not clean up Gaza and southern Lebanon starting next week.
    I have trouble getting my mind around the idea that Biden would actually insist on Israel refraining from launching an attack on Hezbollah. However, if the Palestinians irrelevant of couleur were to stage an event in USA, this limitation may actually go away.
    Denying Israel the munition it needs to shoot down rockets crossing its borders is a denial of humanitarian aid to Israeli citizens and all the US citizens who live there.
    Isn’t it funny that Hamas released 2 US citizens but no-one else?
    The screams from other US citizens who are demanding that Israel do what it takes to get their beloved released is actually a demand of Israel to put its people in danger for their private benefit. I hope we can survive this attack too.
    Probably Biden will expect that too, like release all Palestinians in Israeli custody to their previous lives immediately for a handful of hostages. Just think, they would have to stop their studies to get university degrees on their release.

  8. It is my understanding that under international law, a country that has experienced a genocidal attack, has the right to defeat and destroy that genocidal country or non-state actor. A siege of Gaza, therefore is completely legal under international law.

    Also under international law, it is forbidden to supply any aid of any kind to a country or non-state actor that has genocidal intent and actions.

    Otherwise, there would be no point to conventions on genocide if it were legal to support genocidal countries.

    Humanitarian and certainly military aid to Gaza, even if a guise, is illegal under international law.

    Israel is in her right to destroy the aid convoys and prevent the re-supply of Gaza. It is the responsibility of all other countries to come to Israel’s aid and to help destroy the genocidal Hamas. Israel has the right to cut off electricity and water to Gaza.

  9. The Arabs [not ‘Palestinians’] knew about the tunnels and Hamas’ agenda. Gaza, Bethlehem, Hebron & Jerusalem are 3,500-year towns of Israel – Islam is a new nation with no connection to the land.