‘Tone Deaf’ Biden Nonetheless Pushing ‘Failed’ Two-State Answer on Israel

Regardless of the latest October 7 bloodbath of Israeli civilians and the overwhelming Palestinian assist for it, the largely failed two-state answer for fixing the Israeli-Palestinian battle — vehemently rejected by either side — continues to be being pushed by U.S. President Joe Biden, who insists that it’s the “solely approach” to make sure long-term safety for each Israelis and Palestinians in a brand new post-Hamas Gaza.

The 2-state answer, largely seen as a staple of overseas coverage by U.S. administrations previous to President Donald Trump, has been lambasted by many critics as being a colossal failure that doesn’t consider information on the bottom.

Amidst renewed calls for for Palestinian statehood rising from Palestinian American teams, Muslim advocacy organizations, and a few Democrats, President Biden posted a message declaring his continued dedication, for the reason that October 7 bloodbath, to implement a two-state answer regardless of the dearth of a viable peace associate.

“A two-state answer is the one strategy to assure the long-term safety of each the Israeli and the Palestinian folks,” President Biden wrote on Sunday. “To verify Israelis and Palestinians alike can reside in equal measures of freedom and dignity.”

“We won’t quit on working towards this objective,” he added.

His proposition was met with rapid and vital criticism from Republicans.

“Hamas didn’t permit freedom and dignity as they slaughtered harmless civilians and took hostages on October 7,” wrote Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-TN). “The one strategy to assure the safety of Israelis and Palestinians is to get rid of Hamas.”

“President Biden simply plugged ‘a two state answer.’ Tone deaf,” wrote Sen. Mike Lee (R-UT). “Gaza has had a ‘two state answer’ on the desk since 2005, and defiantly refused to take it.” 

“You possibly can’t have a two-state answer the place one celebration is unwilling to acknowledge the opposite’s proper to exist,” he added.

“You might be delusional,” wrote syndicated columnist Josh Hammer. 

The so-called two-state answer, which calls for the creation of a Palestinian state — ostensibly within the West Financial institution, Gaza Strip, and a few japanese sections of Jerusalem — in trade for the Palestinian Authority (PA) ending its battle with Israel and residing at peace with the Jewish state, has lengthy proved to be an abject failure.

Criticism of President Biden’s push for a two-state answer utilizing PA President Mahmoud Abbas and his ruling Fatah celebration as peace companions facilities round a number of key points.

“Average” Palestinian Factions

The PA underneath Abbas and Fatah are nonviable companions for peace attributable to its actions and insurance policies that stand in stark opposition to the goals of a peaceable decision to the battle.

Abbas holds management positions in three key Palestinian entities. He serves as president of the Palestinian Authority (PA), chief of the Fatah political celebration, and chairman of the Government Committee of the Palestine Liberation Group (PLO), whose militant wings have a historical past of perpetrating violent assaults towards Israeli civilians, resulting in its designation as a terrorist group by the USA.


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas meets with U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken in Amman, Jordan, on Oct. 17, 2023. (AP Photograph/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

Regardless of frequent media assertions, neither Abbas nor any of the teams he heads fall underneath the class of “average,” with Hamas’s October 7 bloodbath — the deadliest towards Jewish folks for the reason that Nazi Holocaust, which noticed the torture, rape, execution, and abduction of lots of of Israeli civilians — having obtained broad assist from Palestinian factions throughout the board.

Other than Hamas and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad perpetrating the assault, the “average” Fatah expressed assist and even participated in it, and the official Palestinian Authority (PA) pledged to pay almost $3 million to the households of slain Hamas terrorists who executed the assault.

The PA, which serves as the executive group established to control the Palestinian territories, notably within the West Financial institution, has lengthy been deemed too radical for peace attributable to its refusal to totally acknowledge Israel and its assist for terror actions towards the Jewish state, coupled with selling anti-Israeli sentiments by way of media and schooling.

Palestinian schooling, managed by the PA, systematically indoctrinates kids with hatred in the direction of Israel and Jews. Textbooks and curricula throughout varied topics delegitimize Israel’s existence, demonize Jews, and incite violent battle, with no emphasis on peace and coexistence.

Other than its governance points, together with corruption and authoritarian practices, the PA, which might rule a future state, helps terrorism, incites towards Israel, and celebrates the killers of Jews, because it continues naming public parks and monuments after terrorists. 

Following the October 7 assaults, the PA falsely claimed the rave bloodbath was dedicated by the IDF, whereas PA Ambassador to Iraq Amad Rwaidy, who was appointed in September by Abbas, argued that Israeli civilians killed in Hamas’s unprecedented assault on Israel earlier this month weren’t harmless.

An official doc just lately printed by the PA was proven to stipulate calling on imams to incite violence and homicide towards Jews in Friday sermons, citing a non secular textual content for Muslims to “battle the Jews” and “kill” all of them.

In April, a violence-themed musical was broadcast on Palestinian Authority tv calling to battle Israelis “in every single place” with “blood and stones.”

The PA can also be reported to have allotted roughly $2.8 million to households of deceased Hamas terrorists as a part of a program compensating these concerned in terrorist acts, with extra funds for the households and imprisoned members.

This payout is a part of the “pay-for-slay” initiative, formally termed the “Martyrs’ Fund,” whereby monetary rewards are granted for finishing up terrorist assaults, with greater compensation for extra damaging acts. 

Israel’s Supreme Court docket has dominated the PA might be held chargeable for terrorism and sued by the households of these killed in terror assaults on account of its “pay-for-slay” coverage.

The so-called “average” Fatah political group that governs the PA — the biggest faction throughout the PLO, articulated its unwavering dedication to liberating “Palestine” and Jerusalem whereas asserting its pivotal function in what Hamas has termed Operation Al-Aqsa Flood, in a latest assertion.

Following Hamas’s October 7 bloodbath, Fatah referred to as for an growth of the conflict towards Israel, with Fatah’s Central Committee lauding the terrorists it claimed had been confronting “the occupation’s crimes and aggression” and “attacking the enemy.” Fatah’s army wing, the Al-Aqsa Martyrs Brigade, declared its alliance with Hamas and its dedication to the continuing army marketing campaign towards Israel, calling armed battle “the one and quickest strategy to liberate Palestine.”

Final month, Fatah official Fathi Abu Al-Ardat famous that each one Palestinian factions are united within the battle towards Israel and that the army wings of Hamas (Al-Qassam Brigades), Fatah (Al-Aqsa Brigades), and the Palestinian Islamic Jihad (Al-Quds Brigades) all participated within the brutal assault, which he described as “exalted resistance.”

In the meantime, Jamal Al-Huwail of the Fatah Revolutionary Council, expressed his hope {that a} comparable assault will happen within the West Financial institution, claiming the “historic alternative” ought to be seized.

The long-serving Abbas — who has remained president for 18 years regardless of a four-year time period restrict — leads these supposedly “average” Palestinian factions that endorse a perspective paralleling that of Hamas.

Whereas his safety forces have participated in scores of lethal terror assaults towards Israelis, he himself has a historical past of conveying inciting antisemitic and anti-Israel rhetoric. Governments and leaders throughout the globe voiced outrage over “horrifying” remarks in a latest speech he delivered by which he claimed Nazi chief Adolf Hitler was not an antisemite and that the Jews of Europe throughout his period weren’t killed attributable to their Jewish id, however attributable to their “function in society,” together with “usury.”

As well as, he’s perceived as missing a mandate from his folks to barter a peace deal, diminishing his credibility, and like his predecessor Yasser Arafat, Abbas is unwilling to make concessions on crucial points resembling refugees and Jerusalem, fearing being seen as a traitor for conceding to Israel.

Although the “two-state answer” has been central to Israeli-Palestinian negotiations, the Palestinian Authority (PA) has persistently rejected all of Israel’s presents for a state. Regardless of the quite a few proposals, each Israeli try to supply land concessions has been met with terror waves, starting with assaults underneath late PLO chief Yasser Arafat within the Nineteen Nineties following the failed Oslo accords, to the Second Intifada within the early 2000s, to Israel’s withdrawal from Gaza in 2005 that prompted 18 years of rocket assaults.

Palestinian Road

A latest ballot by Birzeit College’s Arab World for Analysis and Growth (AWRAD) reveals vital Palestinian assist (75 p.c) for the U.S.-designated terrorist group Hamas and its October 7 bloodbath, whereas almost three-quarters favor the elimination of Israel, with the creation of a Palestinian state “from the river to the ocean” in its stead.

Respondents additionally confirmed sturdy assist for the army wings of assorted terrorist teams: Palestinian Islamic Jihad (84 p.c), al-Aqsa Martyrs’ Brigades (80 p.c), and al-Qassam Brigades (89 p.c), with Hamas total receiving 76 p.c.

Palestinian politician Main Basic Issam Abu Bakr, who served as governor of the Palestinian metropolis of Tulkarem, expressed his perception in unanimous assist for the assault, saying, “I don’t suppose there’s a single Palestinian who doesn’t assist what occurred.” A earlier ballot performed by the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) revealed {that a} whopping 93 p.c of Palestinians maintain antisemitic beliefs.

As Breitbart Information reported, instantly after phrase of the October 7 assaults obtained out, Palestinians at dwelling and overseas had been seen celebrating jubilantly. Pictures and movies uploaded to social media present Palestinian crowds greeting the returning executioners as heroes and burning seized Israeli automobiles within the streets of Gaza. Others present Palestinians rallying, handing out sweets, and firing weapons within the air.

Abnormal Palestinian civilians had been additionally seen actively collaborating within the bloodbath, with full mobs captured on movie pouring throughout the breached border to participate within the killing and raping of innocents, in addition to the looting of their property.

“The Two-State Answer Is Lifeless.”

After years of failed negotiations and Israel’s disastrous evacuation of the Gaza Strip in 2005, which resulted in Hamas’s takeover of that territory and repeated rocket assaults from there, a rising share of Israelis have grown extra skeptical of a two-state answer, largely rejecting any withdrawal from the West Financial institution, in accordance with a Pew Analysis Heart survey which passed off previous to October 7. After the October 7 assault, much more so, Israelis overwhelmingly now not need a two-state answer.

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has repeatedly expressed his opposition to Biden’s proposal to revive management of Gaza to the Palestinian Authority (PA) as soon as Hamas is faraway from energy and destroyed.

“In Gaza, after the destruction of Hamas, and for a very long time thereafter, there won’t be a regime that encourages terror, that teaches terror, that funds terror — that additionally indoctrinates concerning the destruction of Israel and the homicide of Jews — this won’t be,” Netanyahu vowed at a press convention this month.

Beforehand, twenty-one Knesset members cosigned a letter to members of the U.S. Congress, warning that the endorsement of a two-state answer is “way more harmful for Israel” than boycott efforts such because the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) motion.

“We imagine it incorporates a grave error as a result of it expresses, amongst different issues, assist for a so-called ‘Two-State Answer,’ that means the institution of a ‘Palestinian state’ within the coronary heart of tiny Israel,” the letter reads, noting that such a Palestinian state was liable to changing into a “terrorist” and “jihadist” state that “would severely harm the nationwide safety of each Israel and the USA.”

White House - US President Joe Biden joins Israel's Prime Minister for the start of the Israeli war cabinet meeting, in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023, amid the ongoing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. US President Joe Biden landed in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023 as Middle East anger flared after hundreds were killed when a rocket struck a hospital in war-torn Gaza, with Israel and the Palestinians quick to trade blame. (Photo by Miriam Alster / POOL / AFP) (Photo by MIRIAM ALSTER/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

U.S. President Joe Biden joins Israel’s Prime Minister for the beginning of the Israeli conflict cupboard assembly, in Tel Aviv on October 18, 2023, amid the continuing battles between Israel and the Palestinian group Hamas. (MIRIAM ALSTER/POOL/AFP through Getty Photographs)

Already in 2016, former nationwide safety adviser John Bolton declared that “Simply as a matter of empirical actuality, the two-state answer is useless,” whereas former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee (R) declared that “the two-state answer isn’t any answer in any respect” and that “if there’s going to be a Palestinian state, it’s going to must be someplace outdoors the borders of Israel.”

Biden’s Insistence

Regardless of the entire above, President Biden appears unperturbed as he continues to push for the two-state answer he has lengthy hailed.

Inside three weeks of the biggest slaughter of Jews for the reason that Holocaust, Biden said that Israel should not revert to its pre-war situations following its battle towards Hamas, emphasizing the need for Israel to pursue a two-state decision with the Palestinians as soon as the battle concludes.

“There’s no going again to the established order because it stood on October 6,” he stated at a joint press convention with Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese. “Which means guaranteeing that Hamas can now not terrorize Israel and use Palestinian civilians as human shields. It additionally signifies that when this disaster is over, there needs to be a imaginative and prescient of what comes subsequent, and in our view, it needs to be a two-state answer.”

Final 12 months, he described the proposed framework because the “finest approach” to realize peace.

Boasting how he reversed the insurance policies of Trump and resumed almost $1 billion {dollars} in help to the Palestinians — in impact rewarding the “pay-for-slay” coverage, Biden instructed Abbas that “we are able to rely ourselves among the many earliest supporters of a two-state answer” and that his “dedication to that objective of a two-state answer has not modified in all these years.”

With U.S. officers reportedly exploring choices for the Palestinian Authority (PA) to doubtlessly govern Gaza once more, following inquiries to PA President Mahmoud Abbas, implementing this plan faces challenges because of the PA’s historic struggles, together with its 2007 ousting from Gaza by Hamas, problems with corruption, unpopularity, and declining worldwide assist. 


The aftermath of Hamas’s assault on Kibbutz Kfar Aza, one of many hardest-hit communities within the October 7 onslaught by Hamas, on October 27, 2023. (Gili Yaari/NurPhoto through Getty Photographs)

In distinction with the Biden administration’s insurance policies, Trump did not unequivocally endorse the two-state answer, saying he was additionally open to a one-state answer — presumably that means Israeli annexation of the West Financial institution — and that he would settle for no matter answer Israelis and Palestinians themselves selected. As well as, the Trump administration lower help to the Palestinians over its boycott of the U.S., in addition to its so-called pay-for-slay scheme, and closed the Palestinian mission in Washington, expelling the Palestinian Ambassador to the U.S., Hussam Zomlot.

On Saturday, Dutch right-wing politician Geert Wilders triggered an uproar after declaring that the nation of Jordan ought to be thought-about the true nationwide homeland for the Palestinian folks, on condition that Jordan has a majority Palestinian inhabitants and integrating Palestinians into Jordan might result in a extra steady regional scenario, as Jordan has efficiently built-in Palestinian refugees.

Joshua Klein is a reporter for Breitbart Information. E-mail him at jklein@breitbart.com. Comply with him on Twitter @JoshuaKlein.

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