Joe Biden Is Selling Out Israel to the Antisemitic Mob

Even as President Joe Biden was delivering his perfunctory Holocaust Remembrance speech earlier this week, decrying the “ferocious surge” in antisemitism on college campuses and prattling on about how he would never forget the Oct. 7 attack — which saw over 1,200 Israelis murdered, raped and kidnapped — the president was planning to stop the Jewish state from destroying modern-day Nazis.

On Wednesday, Biden told CNN’s Erin Burnett that if Israel invades the city of Rafah in Gaza — where remaining battalions of Hamas terrorists are holed up behind civilians — the U.S. would stop supplying Israel with offensive and precision weapons.

This is a historic moment, as it is surely the first time a president has sold out a stalwart U.S. ally to save a terrorist organization. And not just any terror organization, but one that murdered, sexually tortured, kidnapped — and still holds — American citizens. Biden has sacrificed them to the mobs of Columbia University and Dearborn, Michigan, and The Washington Post editorial board. Biden could have given Israel this ultimatum privately. But he went on TV to do it precisely because it is meant for the ears of Israel haters.

You may recall, only a couple of weeks ago Democrats insisted on attaching Israeli aid to Ukrainian aid as a means of garnering the votes to pass a foreign assistance bill. Biden is now pausing the congressionally approved delivery of weapons to one ally to bolster his domestic election prospects by appealing to campus radicals and antisemitic enclaves.

In 2020, former President Donald Trump was impeached for “abuse of power” and “obstruction of Congress” for merely threatening Volodymyr Zelensky on a phone call with the same behavior. This is far worse. Not only is Israel a longtime ally, it is also, in every way imaginable, a better “democracy” than Ukraine.

It should not be lost on anyone that Biden is only incentivizing more demonstrations and violence from the communists, Islamists and well-funded Hamas cosplayers. The next time a Jewish kid is accosted on campus, Biden can take some credit. Then again, the president’s donors are also the patrons of these America-hating revolutionaries. And they have, by any measure, succeeded.

Biden is also willing to sacrifice the remaining American hostages to placate the mob. If Israel submits to the president’s demands, it will have been stripped of any leverage in hostage negotiations. Why would a terror organization hand back any Jews knowing that the Israelis are being leashed by the United States? All they had to do was wait it out.

It is almost surely the case that Biden’s feckless, unprincipled nature allowed him to be cowed by the pro-Iranian Obamites who now infest the American government and institutions. We learned Monday that Rob Malley, a man who brought Iranian assets into the United States government, was suspended for allegedly sending classified documents to his personal email account and downloading them to his personal phone. Weird, right?

Yet, not even former President Barack Obama, who had been chummy with black supremacists and other antisemites for decades before reaching the White House, cut off aid to Israel. Democrats continue to lurch toward the hard left.

And where are the Jewish Democrats decrying this development? Probably blaming their straw man, Benjamin Netanyahu, whom they frame as some kind of warmongering fascist. In reality, the unity government war council of Israel includes the opposition leader. Netanyahu has less power to act unilaterally than the American president. There is no responsible government in Israel, much less the world, that would permit Hamas to skate.

Well, perhaps the one run by the person who opposed the bin Laden operation.

In the end, Biden has also prolonged the suffering of Palestinians. Hamas knew there would be retribution after Oct 7. They knew thousands of Arab civilians would die, because they seek as many martyrs and as much suffering as possible. Biden only extended that reality by allowing Islamists to hold power. Rather than planning for a post-Hamas Gaza and Israel-Saudi normalization, Biden is choosing to save Iranian proxies in the region.

Democrats like to argue that Israel shouldn’t be given a “blank check,” which implies that the Jewish state is indiscriminately killing people without any legitimate plan or goal. There is no blank check. Israel’s mission is well defined. Biden is micromanaging the military operations of an ally and limiting categories of weapons to stop Israel from eliminating Hamas — designated a foreign terrorist organization by the U.S. State Department.

It is scandalous and corrupt.

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David Harsanyi

David Harsanyi is a senior writer at National Review and author of "Eurotrash: Why America Must Reject the Failed Ideas of a Dying Continent."

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    The news media needs to see and use this information!—Mr. Biden and Menachem Begin once clashed, in a private June 1982 session with the Senate Foreign Relations Committee. Mr. Biden, 39, lectured the 68-year-old Begin over Israeli settlements, jabbing his finger at the prime minister and banging his fist on the desk. Mr. Biden warned that eroding support for Israel threatened U.S. aid. Israel was at war in Lebanon and far more dependent on American assistance than it is today.

    Begin wouldn’t be cowed. “Don’t threaten us with cutting off aid to give up our principles,” he shouted back, according to Time magazine. Former Sen. Bob Packwood of Oregon later recalled that Begin went further: “I’m not a Jew with trembling knees,” he reminded Mr. Biden.

    In the lore that has since developed, Begin’s response supposedly continued: “I am a proud Jew with 3,700 years of civilized history. Nobody came to our aid when we were dying in the gas chambers and ovens. Nobody came to our aid when we were striving to create our country. We paid for it. We fought for it. We died for it. We will stand by our principles. We will defend them. And, when necessary, we will die for them again, with or without your aid.”

    We don’t know exactly what Begin said in the closed session. But the meeting was fiery. “I’ve never seen such an angry session with a foreign head of state.” said Massachusetts Sen. Paul Tsongas. “It was a lively discussion,” Mr. Begin told the press afterward. “If you want to use other adjectives . . .” He paused, then reconsidered: “Lively is enough.”

    The encounter came early in Mr. Biden’s career and late in Begin’s. Decades in the wilderness had matured the Israeli leader but also aged him. In 1979, during his first term in office, Begin made difficult sacrifices for a peace with Egypt that continues today. The Begin who responded to Mr. Biden in 1982, however, was no longer at his best. The next year, in poor health and crushed by the death of his wife, Aliza, he resigned. He died in 1992 at 78.

    Mr. Biden, who turns 78 on Friday, has waited longer than Begin did. We don’t know if the maturity and wisdom he has gained over the years will outweigh the loss of ability that comes with advanced age. America and the world are rooting for maturity and wisdom.

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