Biden Courts Michigan Muslim Vote With Israel Bashing

President Joe Biden’s latest executive order, issued under the guise of targeting “extremist settler violence” in the West Bank, is facing fierce criticism for its broad and questionable terms that could potentially lead to sanctions on Israeli elected leaders and political parties. This move comes at a time when Biden is desperately trying to maintain support from Arab- and Muslim-American voters in Michigan, who have voiced their discontent over his perceived bias towards Israel in the ongoing conflict with Hamas.

Despite claims made in the executive order about escalating violence by Jewish Israeli settlers, analysts and experts, including David Weinberg from the Jewish News Syndicate, argue that such allegations are nothing more than a distortion of reality. Weinberg asserts, “The frenzied focus on ‘settler terrorism’ by the highest officials in Washington is based on fake news.” In fact, the overall level of friction and violence in 2023 remains on par with that of the previous year, totaling about 1,000 instances of violence of all types.

The executive order, conspicuously lacking any factual basis or evidentiary record, appears to be a thinly veiled attempt to placate anti-Israel factions within the Democratic Party. Critics argue that these accusations of “extremist settler violence” are being used to offset the justified condemnation of Palestinian terrorism.

While the majority of Israeli settlers are described as peaceful citizens, the sweeping language of the executive order raises concerns about its potential application to non-violent individuals. It permits sanctions on anyone even remotely associated with those accused of violence, including lawyers or advocates for accused settlers. Additionally, the order allows the president to sanction any “entity” with members who are sanctioned, potentially enabling the U.S. to target political parties or leaders within the Israeli government.

Despite assurances from the White House’s national security spokesman, John Kirby, that there are no current sanctions on Israeli leaders, the door remains open for future actions. Critics argue that this executive order is just another example of the Biden administration’s troubling approach to foreign policy, particularly regarding its handling of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict.

The controversial Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), with its questionable history, has wasted no time in capitalizing on this executive order. CAIR, once named an unindicted co-conspirator in a terror financing trial and labeled a terrorist organization by the United Arab Emirates, has called on the Biden administration to sanction right-wing members of the Israeli government. This raises concerns about the influence of organizations with questionable ties on U.S. foreign policy decisions.

The timing of this executive order is suspect, as the U.S. is pushing Israel to accept a Palestinian state despite the recent wave of terrorism orchestrated by Hamas. Critics argue that such a move would be a misguided reward for acts of violence, undermining Israel’s efforts to secure its citizens from ongoing threats.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, in response to the executive order, emphasized that the majority of residents in Judea and Samaria are law-abiding citizens. He questioned the need for exceptional measures, stating that Israel already takes action against those who break the law.

The first individuals to face sanctions, as reported by The Times of Israel, include David Chai Chasdai, Eitan Tanjil, Shalom Zicherman, and Yinon Levi. The accusations against them range from leading violent rampages to assaulting farmers and activists. As tensions rise and the Biden administration’s questionable approach to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict unfolds, doubts linger about the impact of such policies on the longstanding diplomatic relations between the United States and Israel.