Biden: Israeli cabinet has some of most extreme members I've seen; Saudi deal far off
BEN GVIR: ISRAEL NO LONGER ANOTHER STAR IN AMERICAN FLAG
US president says Jerusalem shares blame for recent violence due to cabinet ministers who push settlement expansion while rejecting Palestinian rights
By JACOB MAGID
US President Joe Biden said Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus coalition government has some of the most extreme members hes seen in Israel, and that cabinet ministers who back settling anywhere they want in the West Bank are part of the problem in the conflict.
In addition to offering rare comments during a CNN interview on his thoughts about the Israeli government, he provided an update on his administrations effort to broker a normalization deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia, saying, Were a long way from there.
Biden was pressed on what it would take for him to extend an invitation to Netanyahu to visit the White House, but he dodged the question, noting that Israeli President Isaac Herzog will be coming to Washington next week.
Source : https://www.timesofisrael.com/biden-current-government-one-of-most-extreme-ive-seen-in-israel-saudi-deal-far-off/
BEN-GVIR: WE WILL NOT COMPROMISE ON ANY HILL; THIS IS OURS'
Far-right ministers assert Israels right to unlimited settlement construction, a day after US president laments some of the most extreme members hes even seen in Israeli govt
By CARRIE KELLER-LYNN
Far-right cabinet ministers slapped back at US President Joe Biden on Monday, a day after he said Israels coalition government had some of the most extreme members he had ever seen.
Biden added that the ministers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahus cabinet who back settling anywhere they want in the West Bank are part of the problem in the ongoing conflict.
In response, Religious Zionism party head and adamant settlement advocate Finance Minister Bezalel Smotrich, said it is Bidens right to express criticism, and it is our right and our duty to continue to act to fulfill the mission of the citizens of Israel, to defend ourselves and build our homeland.
The United States wants two states for two peoples and we think its suicide, continued Smotrich, who also holds a ministerial post in the Defense Ministry that grants him extensive authority over settlement construction.
National Security Minister Itamar Ben Gvir, who joins Smotrich as one of the White Houses personae non gratae, said that the USA is our wonderful friend and we love it, but I say to President Biden: The Land of Israel is for the people of Israel, according to the Torah of Israel.
We will not compromise on the Land of Israel. We will not compromise on any step. We will not compromise on any hill, on any outpost. This is ours, the Otzma Yehudit party chief said, referring to the greater, biblical territory that encompasses the West Bank.
Since Smotrich took over parts of West Bank construction policy, Israel has shifted a number of its settlement policy points to the right granting building permits, tacitly allowing settlers to return to the contentious outposts of Evyatar and Homesh, and repealing longstanding prohibitions against Jewish settlement in four towns in the northern Samaria region of the West Bank. There has also been a marked uptick in Jewish violence against Palestinian communities, most publicly in response to terror attacks.
Opposition party leader Benny Gantz accused Netanyahu of catering to Smotrich and Ben Gvir, alongside capitulating to Justice Minister Yariv Levin on several elements of Levins plan to curb judicial checks on political power.
source : https://www.timesofisrael.com/smotrich-ben-gvir-respond-to-biden-jews-have-the-right-to-build-in-the-west-bank/
want to annex all of the WB, they MUST also offer everyone living there Israeli citizenship. Of course they will never do this. Those two really do want an arab free Israel.
Fuck those two.