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Mon Jul 10, 2023, 04:38 PM Jul 2023

Biden: Israeli cabinet has some of most extreme members I've seen; Saudi deal far off


US president says Jerusalem shares blame for recent violence due to cabinet ministers who push settlement expansion while rejecting Palestinian rights


US President Joe Biden said Sunday that Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s coalition government has some “of the most extreme members” he’s 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 administration’s effort to broker a normalization deal between Israel and Saudi Arabia, saying, “We’re 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/

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Biden: Israeli cabinet has some of most extreme members I've seen; Saudi deal far off (Original Post) Israeli Jul 2023 OP
Smotrich, Ben Gvir respond to Biden: Jews have right to build everywhere in West Bank Israeli Jul 2023 #1
If Smotrich, Ben Gvir sabbat hunter Jul 2023 #2


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1. Smotrich, Ben Gvir respond to Biden: Jews have right to build everywhere in West Bank
Mon Jul 10, 2023, 04:55 PM
Jul 2023


Far-right ministers assert Israel’s right to unlimited settlement construction, a day after US president laments ‘some of the most extreme members’ he’s even seen in Israeli gov’t


Far-right cabinet ministers slapped back at US President Joe Biden on Monday, a day after he said Israel’s coalition government had some “of the most extreme members” he had ever seen.

Biden added that the ministers in Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s 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 Biden’s “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 it’s 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 House’s 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 Levin’s 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/

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2. If Smotrich, Ben Gvir
Mon Jul 10, 2023, 05:56 PM
Jul 2023

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.

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