Mere hours after another horrific terror attack tore through Israel, leaving at least 21 injured, Vice President Joe Biden decided to place the blame squarely on...Israel. Of course.
During a speech in which he courted far-left, anti-Israel group JStreet, Biden attacked Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and blamed Israeli settlements for the violence.
I can hardly think of a more virulently anti-Israel group working to subvert the Jewish State's best interests than JStreet, founded by George Soros and Jeremy Ben-Ami. The fact that it is founded by members of the Jewish community and claims to be "pro-Israel" is a ruse. This is the group to which our Vice President now panders. Fox reports:
Vice President Joe Biden said Monday night that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government was leading the country "in the wrong direction" hours after a bus bombing in Jerusalem wounded at least 21 people.
In a speech to the Israel advocacy group J Street, Biden criticized Palestinian leaders, but saved his harshest words for Israeli officials.
"I firmly believe that the actions that Israel's government has taken over the past several years -- the steady and systematic expansion of settlements, the legalization of outposts, land seizures -- they're moving us, and, more importantly, they're moving Israel in the wrong direction," Biden said.
Here, Biden peddles one of the most heinous myths about the entire Israeli-Palestinian conflict: that if Israel just dismantled its settlements, there would be peace tomorrow. Well, that is an utter lie. Perhaps Biden forgot what happened when Israelis were uprooted from their homes in Gaza in order to make way for the "peaceful Palestinians." Ah, yes, Hamas turned the region into an ammunitions dump and used it as a launch pad for rocket fire on Israeli citizens elsewhere in the country.
Biden also conveniently ignores that most settlements are located in geographic areas strategic to Israel's survival, as they and those who bravely live in them serve as barriers between militants and Israel's most populated cities. Also ignored is the fact that settlements are within Israel's legal right, as the land is not, as the Left claims, "occupied." Fox continues:
Biden did single out Palestinian leaders, including Mahmoud Abbas, for declining to condemn specific acts of terrorism carried out against Israelis. The vice president said he didn't know whether Monday's explosion was a terrorist attack, but added that the U.S. condemns "misguided cowards" who resort to violence.
Ah, more tough talk from one of our administration's craven figureheads.
Of course, Biden, it's never a "terrorist attack," it's just lone "cowards" of origins unknown who keep committing carnage at unprecedented levels. Well, make sure to deliver the obligatory tsk-tsk for the Arab side -- not for perpetuating the bloodshed -- but for not condemning the violence against innocent Israelis. The report continues:
Biden's remarks to J Street, a dovish group that frequently criticizes Netanyahu, came at the height of a campaign season in which candidates have been scrutinized over their adherence to traditionally stalwart U.S. support for Israel.
No. The report should specify that Democrats are scrutinized over adhering to stalwart support for Israel. Republicans usually don't have an issue in clearly identifying who is on the right side of good in this equation nor in retaining their supporters because of that stance.